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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Mr BREEN (Calare) .- This clause refers to the amendments effected by clauses 6 and 7 of the bill, and clause 7 refers to section 23a of the principal act. This is the section which has to do with the granting of concessions to those engaged in the production of certain metals. I suggest that, for the sake of clarity, the metals should be specifically named. For instance, iron is not named, and yet it is indispensable for war purposes. Many people in New South Wales, actuated by patriotic motives, are devoting their time and capital to the working of iron ore deposits.

Mr Chifley - The difficulty is that a metal which is wanted to-day may not be wanted to-morrow, or the need may suddenly arise for a metal which at the present moment is not in demand. That is why the metals are not specified by name, but provision is made for defining them in the regulations.

Mr BREEN - I understand that the mining of iron ore is excluded from the benefits of this concession. Because one big company has practically a monopoly of the mining of iron ore, there seems to be an attempt by honorable members opposite to prevent the discussion of the matter.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Prowse).The honorable member should have made these observations during the discussion on clause 7.

Mr BREEN - But clause 31 refers to clauses 6 and 7.

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