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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr CURTIN - The CommanderinChief of the allied land forces in Australia has made a report, as the result of which advice is being conveyed to certain State governments that modifications may be made in regard to the brown-out so far as street lighting is concerned. The modifications will be made throughout Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, and in New South Wales, except on the north coast. It has been emphasized to the States, however, that any relaxations made in the lighting should be on condition that -

(a)   ability to impose a black-out at short notice is retained :

(b)   all unnecessary external lights, such as advertising signs, are eliminated ;

(c)   lighting visible from seawards is specially screened.

Somerelaxations will also be made in the lighting of public vehicles such as omnibuses, trams and trains in the areas mentioned. In the other parts of Australia the existing brown-out conditions will remain.

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