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Wednesday, 29 June 1949

Mr RYAN (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Will the Minister for the Army inform the House whether it is a fact that two high-ranking serving Army officers stationed in Japan, acting in conjunction with an engineer of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, who visited Japan recently, have formed a company in Japan called the Empire Trading Company, with the main object of purchasing electrical equipment and insulators for Government and semiGovernment departments in Australia? If this is correct will the Minister take steps to prevent military personnel who have no overhead expenses from competing with private enterprise?

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