The Man Who Killed Santa Claus

July 15, 2007

From Geoffrey Bolton, The Oxford History of Australia: The Middle Way 1942-1988.

Under J. J. Dedman as minister and H. C. Coombs as director-general of rationing, the distribution of resources was generally efficient and fair, although Dedman, a glutton for criticism, was derided as ‘the man who killed Santa Claus’ when he tried to damp down demand by banning that most popular symbol of advertising for Christmas shopping.