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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr CASEY (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Supply and Development) - I understand that the honorable gentleman refers to the report on the extraction of oil from coal made by Sir David Rivett .after his trip abroad.

Mr Paterson - Was not that in 1936?

Mr CASEY - I believe that it was in 1936 or 1937. Since that date, no further report has been received, although Sir DavidRivett, as chief executive officer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has kept himself informed of all developments in Great Britain and elsewhere, so far as he has been able to do so. There is no specific report of which I have any knowledge, other than that received quite recently by the Premier of Victoria, which has been made available to the Commonwealth, and regarding which we are now in communication with that State.

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