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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (North Sydney) (Assistant Minister for Defence) . - I have not previously heard of this rather serious allegation against the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League. I have not heard that it is charging returned men who do not belong to the organization 2s. 6d. per yard more for this particular tweed.

Mr Blakeley - As a matter of fact, the Sydney section of the League carried a resolution some six weeks ago that it would not supply tweed to non-members of the organization.

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - It had no right to do that, because the intention of the Government is that the tweed shall be. distributed impartially. It is not right to call it "Anzac" tweed, because that particular tweed is handwoven and can be sold to anybody. The tweed of which the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) speaks is that which is manufactured at the Commonwealth Woollen Mills. It is the intention of the Government that every returned soldier shall be able to apply for a suit length of this material, irrespective of whether he belongs to any soldiers' organization or not. I will see that effect is given to that intention, otherwise the privilege which the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League now enjoys of dealing with the distribution of the tweed will be taken away from it. I will certainly look into the allegation that the League is charging 2s. 6d. per yard more for the tweed sold to non-members of that body.

Mr Blakeley - It is a more serious charge that the League refuses to supply non-members with it.

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - I will look into the matter.

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