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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . -by leave - Yesterday the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Fordo) asked me a question relating to a proposed visit of Mr. Gepp to North Queensland. I am now able to advise thehonormember that at the request of the Government of Queensland, the services of Mr. Gepp, Consultant to the Commonwealth Government, have been made available to advise the Queensland Government upon the desirability of allocating a portion of the unemployment grant to Mount Morgan. Mr. Gepp will leave Melbourne for Queensland on the 6th May, and expects to beabsent for about a fortnight. During this period he will investigate the processes developed at Mount Morgan during the past twelve months for the treatment of ore. In making Mr. Gepp's services available, the Commonwealth Government was actuated by a desire to stimulate the development of profitable mining. It is realized that this class of work is directly reproductive, and, from the point of view of absorption, the man-power element is a big factor. In the case of Mount Morgan, it is claimed that, if successful development can be accomplished, work will be found for from 200 to 300 men.

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