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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (Wakefield) . - I was greatly impressed last evening by the references of the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Jolly) to the A.B.C. Weekly. I ask the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Beasley) to inform me whether an effort is being made to conserve the supplies of newsprint used by the various radio publications in the Commonwealth. The size of daily and weekly newspapers has already been reduced. What did emerge from the speech of the honorable member for Lilley, who produced for the information of honorable members a large sheaf of publications, was the fact that there is at present a tremendous expenditure of newsprint on matter of a purely ephemeral nature. If the journals devoted their space to the publication of programmes and other radio matter, I should not complain; but, unfortunately, they also publish pictures and a great variety of stuff for the purpose of swelling the volume of the numbers. Whilst that may increase their attractiveness to readers, I am of opinion that a large proportion of that printed matter could be dispensed with at the present time, and I should like the Minister to give an assurance that some restriction has been placed upon the size of those journals.

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