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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1334

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for War Organisation of Industry) - The Government's action cannot in any be characterized as rationing of clothing, but is merely the restriction of sales with a view to the establishment of a pool pending the enforcement of rationing.

Mr Paterson - Restricting sales to a few purchasers.

Mr DEDMAN - I do not admit that the restriction of sales has enabled the wealthier sections of the community to obtain a greater quantity of clothing than they are entitled to have; "Workers, too, have participated in the buying rush. However, the Government is watching the position closely, and will later take whatever action it may deem necessary in order to effect adjustments.

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