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Friday, 26 May 1939

In committee:Consideration resumedfrom the 25th May (vide page 788).

Clause 5 - (1.) Subject to the directions of the Governor-General and to the next succeeding sub-section, the matters to be administered by the department shall be matters relating to -

(a)   the provision or supply of munitions;

(b)   the manufacture or assembly of aircraft or parts thereof by the Commonwealth or any authority of the Commonwealth ;

(c)   arrangements for the establishment or extension of industries for purposes of defence ;

(d)   the acquisition, maintenance and disposal of stocks of goods in connexion with defence;

(e)   arrangements for ascertaining coats and for the control and limitation of profits in relation to the production of munitions; and

(f)   the arrangement or co-ordination of -

(i)   surveys of Australian industrial capacity and the preparation of plans to ensure the effective operation of Australian industry in time of war; and

(ii)   the investigation and development of Australian sources of supply of goods, which in the opinion of the Governor-General are necessary for the economic security of the Commonwealth in time' of war. (2.) The Governor-General may from time to time determine the extent to which or the conditions upon which any of the matters specified in this section may be administered by the Department.

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