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Wednesday, 5 September 1945
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Mr FADDEN (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Prime Minister received representations from rural organizations emphasizing the need for Australia to send vital foodstuffs to Great Britain? If so, in view of the desirability of making the maximum contribution of which Australia is capable, can the right honorable gentleman give to the House a definite statement of the intention of the Government in this matter? If he is not in a position to make such a statementnow, will he arrange for the Minister for External Affairs to discuss this matter with the United Kingdom Government, so that, at the earliest possible date, a public pronouncement as to the help which Australia will giveto Great Britain may be made?

Mr.CHIFLEY. - I do not remember any particular representationsbeing made on the subject. I have read certain statements, some by honorable members, about the desirability of our doing all we can to relieve the strain placed on the United Kingdom by lack of food. I shall ascertain whether any such representations have beenmade either personally or by letter. I shall also consider asking the Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Evatt) to discuss the matter with the British authorities while he is in London.

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