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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr Green n asked the Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that on the12th November, 1930, the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. Green) asked the Prime Minister, if, in the opinion of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, there were payable opportunities for the development of the curing and sale of shark skins, shark meat products, or shark fins, in Australia, and was informed that when Dr. Harold Thompson, who had been appointed to take charge of Commonwealth Fisheries Investigations, arrived in Australia, consideration would be given to the possibilities of developing the shark processing industry?

2.   Has Dr. Harold Thompson yet had an opportunity to go into this question, and if not, would the Minister take an opportunity to place thismatter before him?

Mr Casey - Dr. Harold Thompson, Officer-in-charge of the Fisheries Section of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has already given some preliminary consideration to the processing of shark skins, shark meat and shark fins, but he is not impressed with the possibilities of developing an industry in this regard. Dr. Thompson will, however, be furnishing a report on the matter in due course and a copy will be made available to the honorable member.

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