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Wednesday, 23 November 1938


Mr Watkins (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) s asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has he seen the statement in the press that the United States of America proposes to build 50 merchant ships, and that the Government will make large contributions towards their construction cost?

2.   In view of the importance of shipbuilding to Australia, will the Commonwealth Government give similar assistance to shipbuilding in this country?


Mr Lyons - The answers to the honorable member's- questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The matter of assistance to the shipbuilding industry in Australia is at present receiving the consideration of the Government, and it is hoped that a decision thereon will shortly be reached.







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