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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1336

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for War Organization of Industry state whether a representative of the Abbco Bread Company, which was roundly condemned by a royal commission for defrauding the Government, has taken a prominent part in the allotment of zones for the delivery of bread in Sydney, and whether bakers who are dissatisfied with their allotment will have to make an appeal to this gentleman ? Does the Minister consider that in view of the record of this company it should have anything to do with the control of deliveries?

Mr DEDMAN - I am not aware that a representative of the company is the sole arbiter of the zones to be allotted to bakers in Sydney.

Mr Rosevear - I did not suggest that.

Mr DEDMAN - I am not aware that a representative of the Abbco Bread Company is in any way connected with the zoning scheme. My department has set up a committee consisting of equal numbers of representatives of employers and of employees in the industry, with an independent chairman appointed by the department. It may be that a member of the company referred to is one of the employers. I shall make inquiries into the matter, and advise the honorable member later as to the exact position.

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