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Monday, 24 May 1965


Senator MORRIS (Queensland) . - Western Australia is making the greatest contribution in Australia to goldmining, which is a very important aspect of our national operations. Although Queensland is not very prominent in this sphere I, as a Queenslander, enter the debate to speak for a few minutes because, thanks to the courtesy and help which I received from Senator Scott earlier this year, from Mr. Jennings of the Institute of Mines and from Mr. Elvy of Great Boulder, I have gained some slight knowledge of the need for this

Bill. When I was in Western Australia I had the privilege of seeing the operation of this industry and of forming for myself a judgment of the very real contribution which, particularly in that State, it is making to our economy. "I was most impressed with the noticeable efficiency of the industry. Besides being of great importance to the Australian economy, it is also of great importance as an employment factor. Of course, it is of the utmost importance to Kalgoorlie. If an honorable senator from another State has the opportunity to see in a State far from his own a great industry which he believes to be valuable to Australia, it is in the spirit of this Senate that he should support assistance for that industry. I rise to say that I was deeply impressed with this industry and, having heard the case which was advanced by the Institute of Mines, I am delighted, for the sake of our friends in Western Australia, to see how very closely the Government has kept in mind the needs of the industry. I give the Bill the wholehearted support of, I am sure, all Queenslanders.







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