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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Prime Minister) - I ask that holidays be not taken, particularly by all of those who are engaged in essential services. Regulations have been drawn in order to deal with the matter. There has been no interference in respect of the holidays of women and children except insofar as their arrangements involve transportation by motor car, or by rail in such circumstances as would necessitate the maintenance of special holiday traffic facilities by the railway commissioners of, particularly, Victoria and South Australia. This cannot he done, because it is of great importance that transport which is dependent upon power from either coal or petrol shall be reduced to the minimum. Where it is needed for purposes of war or industry, it has to be supplied. I ask the Australian public to realize that any inconvenience which they are asked to experience at this time is imposed as a precaution against far worse inconvenience.

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