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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Mr GROOM -The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The suggestion made was considered by me some time ago in consultation with Mr. Balsillie, and approved of. It has been arranged for the Department of Science and Industry, when established, to' advise as to continuance of the experiments.

2.   I have already explained that the invention was patented some time ago by Mr. Balsillie in most countries of the world. Mr. Balsillie agreed that the Government should have the use in Australia of the patent free of royalty.

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