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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - It has been the policy of this Government at all times to ensure that the Army, in peace or in war, shall render the greatest possible assistance to the community generally. In furtherance of that policy, we have always made available substantial assistance in times of flood and fire. The Army has done everything possible to help victims of the numerous bush fires that have occurred in recent months, but I am sorry that I cannot hold out any hope that it will be able to provide barbed wire or steel posts-

Mr Pollard - Why not? The Army has stores full of it.

Mr FRANCIS - The honorable gentleman is talking through his hat. He has no knowledge of the facts.

Mr Pollard - The Army has stores full of barbed wire, and I shall take the Minister to them if he wishes.

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