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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- in reply- I have taken a note of the matters raised by honorable senators during the debate. I shall call for a full report in each ease, and when it is received I shall have it conveyed by post to the honorable senators concerned. The Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) and I agree with Senator Spicer's suggestions that the national security regulations should be revised and consolidated so that the effect of regulations may be ascertained readily by members of the public interested. One instance that came to my notice illustrates the need for giving effect to the honorable senator's suggestion. Honorable senators will recall that the Government issued a regulation affecting landlords and tenants, mainly with the object of preventing unscrupulous landlords from exploiting old-age pensioners who rent rooms, and families renting small houses. On three occasions statements appeared in the press commenting on the fact that the public generally was ignorant of the existence of the regulation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a first time.

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