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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - When the previous Government had to face the problem of rationing supplies of newsprint, it imposed a percentage cut on each publication. I appreciate the need for such an action, because a vested interest is concerned with each journal. Few people run a business for the mere sake of running it It is certain that the interests in control of radio journals would be reluctant to agree to the suspension of publication, but that may come about by sheer force of circumstances. Newsprint is not available. The honorable member has raised an important point and I shall place his observations before the Minister for Trade and Customs, who handles newsprint rationing.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 20 (Power to purchase and dispose of assets).

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