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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Mr DEDMAN - The Government appointed a committee to inquire into the possibility of retaining the ship-building industry in Australia in the post-war years. The committee submitted to Cabinet a report, which has received consideration. The basis of the Government's plans is the construction of ships totalling 32,000 tons gross per annum. That figure, the Government feels certain, will ensure that employees in this industry will be retained, so that if the necessity arises, ship-building for defence purposes may be re-developed. I do not know whether any overseas companies have revealed interest in commencing shipbuilding in Australia, although, I understand that when the Prime Minister was in Great Britain, he discussed the subject with authorities on the industry.

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