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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1381


Mr MORGAN (Reid) .- Last week I asked the Minister for the Army (Mr. Forde) a question in regard to alleged overcharges to members of the Military Forces for goods purchased by them through military canteens. To-day I received a reply in these terms -

I now inform the honorable member that the prices charged by canteens service throughout Australia should in no instance be higher than retail stores, but in the great majority of cases, the prices are lower. If the honorable member will indicate where this is not the case the matter will be immediately investigated.

Without going into individual complaints which have been made to me, I shall content myself with referring to the following paragraph which appeared in Smith's Weekly of the 9th May -

Many complaints have been lodged at Smith's Brisbane office by service men, who state that camp canteens are charging prices for certain articles in excess of those charged by city stores.







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