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Friday, 5 May 1939

Mr LANE (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to know whether an observer from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research could be instructed to attend the demonstration on Monday in order to give honorable members some information about the plant and the subject generally. Is the Minister for Supply able to inform me whether this company has requested a grant of £15,000 from the Commonwealth Government to assist it to put its plant into operation?

Mr CASEY - I refer the honorable member to the reply that I have just given to. the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James).

Mr Lane - That was not satisfactory.

Mr CASEY - In the circumstances which I have described I do not think that the Commonwealth Fuel Adviser will be able to give honorable members any satisfactory information on the process. The officers of the company could tell honorable members as much and probably more about the subject from their point of view than could the Commonwealth Fuel Adviser. A good many companies have made applications to the Commonwealth Government for grants of money to assist them in investigations on this subject. Generally, large amounts have been sought. I shall have a definite inquiry made as to whether this particular company is among the number.

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