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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Will the honorable member ask a question?

Mr CALWELL - I ask the Prime Minister: First, is the Government giving any consideration to the domestic and international problems which are likely to confront, Australia immediately after the war? Secondly, does the Government consider that the Reconstruction Division, now within the Department of

Labour and National Service, is at present in a position to ensure that the work of planning a solution of these problems is being carried out effectively ? Thirdly, will the Prime Minister give consideration to the setting up of a small body, under the chairmanship of a senior Cabinet Minister, whose duty it would be (a) to co-ordinate any work of post-war significance at present being carried out by government departments, (&) to stimulate these departments to make actual preparations for probable domestic and international post-war situations, and (c) to examine various possibilities in the domestic or international situation, which may have to he faced at short notice, with a view to bringing them immediately to the attention of the Prime Minister and Cabinet? Fourthly, what official international organizations are giving thought to post-war problems, and how is Australia represented on these bodies? If there are no such organizations, will the Prime Minister take such steps as are within the powers of the Commonwealth Government to see that one is set up and maintained as an active body?

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