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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Prime Minister inform me whether it is a fact, as was stated in the Melbourne Herald last Monday, that an early transfer of the editorial activities of the Department of Information to the press relations section of the Prime Minister's Department may be expected? Before the Government takes any action to reorganize this department, which should be entirety free from political influence, will the right honorable gentleman appoint a committee consisting of senators and members of the House of Representatives, drawn from all parties, for the purpose of examining the whole subject of Government publicity, and the publicity activities, not only of the Department of Information, but also of many other Government departments, including the Department of the Army, which recently established a publicity section with a large staff? Will the Prime Minister ensure that responsible officers of the various publicity activities will be given an opportunity to submit their view to the proposed committee?

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