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Wednesday, 9 September 1942

Mr Guy y asked the Minister for Munitions, upon notice - -

1.   Is it a fact that when the Minister was last in Tasmania, he publicly stated, and was reported in the Tasmania newspapers as saying, that he had every confidence that the aluminium industry would be eventually established in Tasmania, and that as Minister for Munitions he intended to examine this matter closely?

2.   During his examination, did hefind (a) that there was well over 2,000,000 tons of high-quality bauxite in sight at the Ouse in Tasmania; (6) that ample hydro-electric power was available for the successful establishment of the industry in Tasmania: and (c) that the price of power in that State was £4 per horse-power as against £12 in New South Wales, £13 in Victoria, and £16 in South Australia?

3.   Can he substantiate the statements of the Tasmanian Premier that " for years there have been definite attempts by people interested - and they are not all outside Australia, because one of the big monopolies in Australia is interested in the overseas aluminium cartel - to block the establishment of the industry"?

4.   Is the Minister still of the opinion that the industry will be established in Tasmania; if so, when may it be expected that the preliminary work associated with the undertaking will be started?

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

1.   When present in Tasmania early this year a public statement was made promising that the claims of Tasmania for the establishment of the aluminium industry would receive consideration and that certain investigations respecting electric power would be essential before a determination could be arrived at. 2, 3 and 4. These are matters which now come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Supply and Development.

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