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Friday, 21 November 1941

Senator KEANE (VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I regard the matter as serious, inasmuch as the power of censorship resides in both the Minister for the Army and myself. Recently I had occasion to intervene with regard to a large consignment of books from overseas that had been delivered in Melbourne and had been held up since March last. Although the books number about 600, only one of them was open to challenge. Despite that fact, all of the books had been held under the direction of some Army authority, but, on the position being explained, the books were released. The main point is that there is dual control. I have asked the Army authorities to communicate to me their views as to whether the power of censorship, from the point of view of subversive activities, should not reside in one authority.

Senator McLeay - Which of the two statements may be taken as correct?

Senator KEANE - When I receive from the Minister for the Army a reply to my recent request for a full statement on the matter, I shall answer the honorable senator in greater detail.

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