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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr CASEY - Work has been going on at the Chemical Research Laboratories of the C.S.I.R.O. at Fishermen's Bend for the last year or two. This is the first time, I believe, that a full-scale inquiry into the origin of, and means of coping with, bush fires has been carried out in this country or, I think, practically speaking, in any other country. It is being conducted in the usual patient and imaginative way in which C.S.I.R.O. scientists do their work. It is much too early yet to say that any positive results could be made public that would be of use to the relevant authorities. Until T left this country, briefly, a few months ago, I was in very close touch with the officer in charge of this research, and I think I can say with truth that the work is now very promising. But I do not expect that the C.S.I.R.O. will be in a position to make any positive and useful statement for another twelve months, although I believe that very positive and useful results will emerge in a year or two.

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