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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- I desire to direct the attention of the Assistant Minister for Defence (Sir Granville Ryrie) to a question relating to the distribution of Anzac tweed. I understand that this material is being distributed through the medium of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League. To-day I received a communication from a Returned Soldiers League in my own district complaining that this is unfair. The letter points out that of 400,000 men who enlisted in Australia not one-half are members of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League. Consequently objection is taken to the latter body having control of the distribution of this tweed.

Mr Burchell - There are 170,000 members of the League out of the 260,000 soldiers who have returned to Australia.

Mr CHARLTON - The League in my district alleges that 2s. 6d. per yard is being made out of the sale of this tweed by the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - More allegations of profiteering.

Mr CHARLTON - That is exactly what is stated in the letter which I have received. It charges the League with profiteering in the distribution of this tweed, and it suggests that its distribution should take place through the Repatriation Department, in order that every soldier may have the right to apply to the sub-branch in his own particular district for a supply of it.

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