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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Dame ENID LYONS (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - Is the booklet entitled Australia and Your Future published by the authority and under the direction of the Minister for Information ? Is it p blished with th'e specific object of attracting migrants to Australia? Does the Minister consider that the following statements in that booklet are an accurate presentation of the facts -

(a)   That 22s. , a week rent will provide a comfortable unfurnished home for a man, his wife and three children.

(b)   That 1 doz. oranges cost ls. 6d., or l1/2d. each.

(c)   That women's best shoes cost £1 5s. 8d. a pair and ordinary shoes 18s. l1d.

(d)   That women's ready-made frocks cost 27 s. 4d. for cotton material, and 27s. 8d. if of artificial silk.

(e)   That a wife can be adequately clothed for £12 8s. 2d. a year, a boy of101/2 years for £9 18s. 4d., and a girl of 7 yearsfor £8 19s. a year ?

Were any women engaged in the compilation of the booklet, or the checking of the information it contained, particularly regarding rents and prices? Has the Minister himself recently been shopping?

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