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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- I am -grateful to Senator Hardy for the information which he has given to the committee about the operations of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. From the honorable senator's remarks, one might imagine that I had attacked that body. Far from attacking it, I was merely seeking information regarding its activities. I referred to the work of the council in assisting secondary industries, and am grateful to Senator Hardy for informing me of some of its achievements in connexion with primary products. The honorable senator's remarks would have carried more weight had they not so obviously arisen from either conversations with officers of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research or a study of reports issued by that body. I realize that the council is doing good work; but I think that Senator Hardy claimed too much for it. It is possible that, by attempting to " paint the lily ", an impression altogether opposite to that desired may be given. I am glad that the good work performed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is receiving recognition.

Senator SirGEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [8.17]. - I am sure that Senator Payne does not expect me to be able to say, offhand, whether or not a room is to let at Australia House. Nor would he desire that I should communicate with London by cable or wireless to ascertain the facts. I should not be astonished if occasionally there are rooms to let in Australia House. One State government recently removed its agency from the building, and probably as a result several rooms became vacant. Doubtless Senator Payne has read a statement by Sir John McLaren, who recently returned from London,, in which he replied to the charge that the building is not properly utilized.

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