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Tuesday, 29 November 1938


Mr PRICE (Boothby) .- As this is the first opportunity 1 have had to speak on the Estimates, I wish to place on record the fact that I opposed the motion providing a time limit for the discussion of the Estimates. I look upon the Estimates as one of the most important matters with which Parliament is called upon to deal. I object to the use of the guillotine, particularly as this year's budget is the biggest on record. The honorable member for "Watson (Mr. Jennings) referred to the excellent work performed by the Australian National Travel Association, which, I understand, will be closely associated with the San Francisco Exhibition, at which Australia is to be represented. As the Australian activities of that organization are confined largely to advertising the attractions of New South Wales and Victoria, I suggest that the Minister should remind its officers that some publicity should be given to the attractions of the other Australian States. South Australia possesses so many beauty spots that they hardly need organized publicity, but as the Australian National Travel Association is subsidized by the Government it should devote some of its energy to advertising the attractions of that State. The forthcoming exhibition at San Francisco is of particular importance to Australia. Many . Commonwealth Ministers have been abroad, and it is time that some of the " back benchers " were given an opportunity to represent the Commonweath overseas. I feel that they could render a service equal to that rendered by Ministers. As probably 20.000.000 people will visit the San Francisco exhibition, which will be known as the Golden Gate Exhibition, I regard it as a golden opportunity to advertise this country in the United States of America. Australia has had a raw deal, economically, from the United States of America, but I trust that in the future better relations will be established, lt would be a fine thing for both countries if their economic contacts could be improved. I would like to see a gettogether movement between the United States of America and Australia. From the standpoint of defence, this is important. If the proposed expenditure in connexion with the San Francisco exhibition has that effect, it will prove a good investment.







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