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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2158

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) . - What I mentioned was that the organization of Australia into meteorological districts, for the purpose of issuing forecasts, will depend upon the opinion entertained by the head of the Department who is appointed. I have already pointed out that in the United States it was considered necessary to have seven independent forecasting districts, each of which was subdivided into smaller areas, which distributed forecasts. When an officer is appointed by the Government under this Bill he will probably find it necessary to adopt the plan of dividing Australia into forecasting districts which may not be based upon mere State lines, but upon geographical features. For instance, there may be one in Adelaide, another in Western Australia, and two or three upon the eastern coast. I have here a map showing the way in which that practice works in the United States. The opinion which I have expressed is that which is held by eminent meteorologists in Australia. They believe that it will be necessary to carry out the system to which I have alluded.

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