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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to know from the Postmaster-General whether it is a fact that Japanese-manufactured radio equipment that has been issued to certain classifications of employees of the Postal Department has supplanted equipment of Australian manufacture. If so, will the Minister state the reason for the change? Will he state also whether he is aware that the directors of Electronic Industries declared, in their annual report recently, that the company had been forced to discontinue production of portable radios for some months because of the tremendous volume of imports from Japan, and had been forced to reduce the number of employees accordingly?

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