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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Senator KEANE - On the 24th September, Senator Collett asked the Minister representing the Minister for War Organization of Industry the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Is it a. fact that clothing ration coupons are demanded of purchasers of unbleached calico ?

2.   Is not this material the most effective for the purposes of packing parcels intended for members of the services in the forward areas, at home and abroad?

3.   If so, and if the answer to No. 1 is in the affirmative, why is this restriction imposed?

In reply I intimated that the information required was being obtained from the Director of Rationing, who is responsible to the Minister for Trade and Customs. The replies to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Post Office reports that, while unbleached calico is the most satisfactory wrapping, parcels packed in cardboard are handled successfully. Neither the Red Cross nor the Comforts Fund use calico to any appreciable extent for the wrapping of parcels sent to men overseas.

3.   Because of the great shortage of cotton piece goods due to war conditions, and the desire to discourage the use of these materials for purposes for which other materials not in such short supply are suitable.

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