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Wednesday, 25 February 1942


Mr BEASLEY - The honorable member raised this matter during the last sessional period and I have made some inquiries. Since then the scope of the Bauxite Committee has been widened to enable it to function as a minerals com- mittee, of which Mr. Newman has been put in charge. In connexion with the honorable member's suggestion, I am informed that the Prices Commissioner has fixed the price of tin. That price is paid by the smelters. I understand that for lots less than 5 tons the price is1s. a unit less. The price of wolfram is fixed under an arrangement with the British Government. Very little manganese is produced. On the general question, I should prefer the Minerals Committee to look at the honorable member's proposal. I shall take action, based upon suggestions which the committee may be able to offer, to ensure that those producing small quantities shall get a fair deal.







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