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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr CURTIN - -These clever political questions are beside the point. They have nothing to do with the urgent need for this country to concentrate on the war and get a maximum supply of coal, so that the war industries may carry out a full programme.

Mr McEwen - We receive clever political answers.

Mr CURTIN - There would be no clever political answers if there were no questions containing clever political propaganda. As a matter of fact,' the answer to the honorable gentleman's question is, " No ". The Minister for Labour and National Service will not have to apply Statutory Rule No. 77 to himself for two reasons: One is that I am the Minister administering the regulations, and the second is that I do not think it necessary to apply the regulations to the Minister for Labour and National Service.

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