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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - I strongly support the amendment of the honorable member for Reid (Mr. Morgan), not only for the reasons that he has given, but also for what I regard as even more important reasons. As the honorable gentleman pointed out, the machinery provided in the clause would undoubtedly prove cumbersome and difficult. The magnitude of the task of censoring all patent medicine advertisements would be great. But [ see a much more serious objection to certain provisions of the clause. I consider that if they were agreed to, the Department of Health would, in effect, be endorsing all patent medicines advertised over the air. That would be most undesirable, but it would undoubtedly be a possible implication of our approval of this clause as it stands.

Mr Lazzarini - It would not matter much if all advertising of patent medicines were discontinued.

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - I would not go so far as to agree with that statement. Nevertheless, I urge the Minister to accept the amendment. By so doing he would still retain complete power to deal with all aspects of the situation, and he would make unnecessary the giving of many difficult decisions.

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