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Wednesday, 2 July 1941

Senator BROWN - Has the Minister anything to say regarding the changes in the department which he recently forecast?

Senator FOLL - A conference was held in Melbourne yesterday between representatives of the various services and officers of the Department of Information in order to draw up a plan to enable us to improve still further the usefulness of the department. To some degree, I concur in the criticism which has been made regarding the department's facilities for supplying news. I do not think that we are in a position to enter into competition with the press and broadcasting stations in supplying news services.

Senator Gibson - Nor with the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Senator FOLL - That is so. However, it is possible that with a closer liaison between the department and the services, we shall be enabled to supply to the people of Australia fuller information regarding the activities of our defence services. We must always bear in mind that the enemy alao would like to hear much information of the kind which many people ask for. For that reason we must be very careful what information which is available from. the various services is disseminated.

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