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Wednesday, 9 November 1938

Mr HOLT (Fawkner) .- I do not desire, at this late hour, to debate this highly technical subject. It has been discussed exhaustively from all parts of the House, and I think that the House is agreed that the first duty of the Commonwealth Government in this matter is to ensure that we retain within Australia, an adequate supply of those raw materials which are essential for our < future development. Accordingly I believe that whilst they would be opposed to the motion of the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory), the majority of honorable members would be prepared to support the general terms of the amendment moved by the Acting Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Forde). But the amendment, as it stands, might suggest that the Government has not been sufficiently active or thorough in making the necessary investigations of our iron ore resources, and further that it has not taken effective action to develop them. Consequently, in order to express what I believe to be the view of most honorable members, I propose to move at the appropriate time to add the following words to the amendment: "And this House commends the Government for having instituted a comprehensive and detailed survey of Australia's iron ore resources". If these words are added to the amendment, it should be supported by practically every honorable member.

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