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Friday, 20 February 1942
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Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - in reply - The matters to which the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) and the honorable member for Grey (Mr. Badman) referred concerning broadcasting will be brought to the notice of the Postmaster-General and Minister for Information (Senator Ashley). I agree with the statement of the honorable member for Barker that too much loose talk has been broadcast in Australia.

Mr Guy - What action does the Prime Minister propose to take in order to prevent a repetition?

Mr.CURTIN. - The honorable member for Wilmot surely does not expect me to indicate those remedies to-night.

Mr Guy - I want the Prime Minister to act without delay.

Mr.CURTIN.- I shall do so. I shall also bring to the notice of the Minister for the Army (Mr.Forde) the matter to which the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Mulcahy) referred.

I should like to inform the House that this evening the particulars regarding the flotation of the Commonwealth Liberty Loan of £35,000,000 were that £22,800,000 has been subscribed and the banks report that the volume of applications to-day was so great that they were unable to cope with the business. I sincerely hope that our best expectations will be realized and I ask the public of Australia to fill the loan as rapidly as possible.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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