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Wednesday, 13 May 1936

Senator BROWN - With great diffidence, because of the colossal ignorance displayed by the Government in matters of the kind, I ask the Leader of the Government if he has noticed the criticism of Australian publicity methods in London which appeared in the Sydney Labor Daily of the 12th instant?

Senator Hardy - Is that a reliable newspaper ?

Senator BROWN - It is not only reliable, but also intelligently edited. It could bo read with profit by the honorable senator. The paragraph to which I have referred contains a statement by Mr. Gordon Donkin, a well-known world traveller, to members of the Millions Club, on the day previous to its publication. It reads -

Mr. Donkinsaid Australia House was costing a lot of money and needed great assistance. Its influence was lessened by the fact that several States had moved from the building to offices nearer the heart of London. The displays were unsatisfactory, the window dressing being bad, and the photos being rarely changed. A good scheme was to show films of Australia in the6,000 schools in England, he suggested.

Will the Government make an inquiry into this matter, which is of considerable public interest?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - My attention has been drawn to the matter by the honorable senator this morning. I suggest that a supply bill which is to come before the Senate shortly will provide him with a suitable opportunity to refer to it.

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