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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr WHITE (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - There is a scarcity to-day of books by Australian authors, most printing presses being busy with, other work, The answer to a question asked for trie honorable member for Moreton recently, disclosed the fact that, the Government has spent £52,000 on the publication of certain departmental advertising matter. I have two of the publications here. One is entitled Industrial Lighting, which cost £5,000,. and the other is Factory Planning, which cost £6,000. They were issued by the Department of Labour and National Service; and were printed by private publishers. As these publications, which are known as " blah " books, and can be obtained from commercial houses, use valuable paper of good quality and prevent printing presses from producing classics such as Henry Handel Richardson's books, which cannot be bought to-day, will the Prime Minister make a survey of those that are being produced by Ministers, with, a view to opportunities being afforded to pub.lishers and printers to engage in other work ?

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