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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator LAMP (Tasmania) .- All honorable senators will agree that one of the best means of propaganda tq-day is the proper use of tlie cinema or talking picture. I saw an excellent picture that was recently released by the Department of Information called " The Defence of

Tobruk". The photography was excellent, and the commentary all that could 8>e desired. If this picture is distributed through the ordinary channels, a long time will elapse before it will be seen throughout Australia, and I suggest that a large number of copies of the film should be made to enable the various picture theatres to exhibit it within the next fortnight. The best time to appeal to the ' public for support is when public interest is at its height, and I suggest that the defence of Tobruk is a matter now occupying a prominent place in the thoughts of the great majority of 4he people. The picture shows the defences of Tobruk as built by the Italians -and also its defence by the Australians, lit gives a good idea of the country in which our men .are fighting, and of what they have to defend. It also furnishes an excellent representation of the conditions Hinder which they live. Photographs of army 'bakeries show how the troops are fed. There is an excellent photograph of Tobruk Harbour. A picture of the arrival of mails indicates how great is the appreciation of the men of the letters received from home, and this is all good propaganda. In my opinion, the best feature of the film is that which shows an air raid on shipping on the harbour. The raid was successful, the bombs falling around a ship and sinking it. The bring- ing down of an enemy aircraft is also depicted. The Minister for Information ((Senator Foll) might give consideration to. the production of a large number of these films and their distribution throughout Australia, so that they could he exhibited within the next fortnight. .

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