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Friday, 26 May 1939


Mr Green n asked the Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research, upon notice -

1.   In what waters is the Commonwealth fisheries vessel Warren at present making investigations?

2.   In view of the fact that the southern coast of Western Australia, south of Esperance, was reported upon some years ago by the late Captain Dannevig, of the Commonwealth fisheries vessel Endeavour, as offering a rich field for the development of the Australian fisheries industry, will he bring this fact to the attention of the captain of the Warreen so that a rapid preliminary survey may be made at an early date, and so add to the possibilities of the extension of this vitally important industry ?


Mr Casey - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Commonwealth fisheries M.V. Warreen is at present operating in Queensland waters as far north as Gladstone and is devoting its attention chiefly to occurrences of tuna.

2.   I will bring the honorable member's representations specially to the notice of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and ask that attention be given to the southern coast of Western Australia at the earliest possible date.

Manufacture of Munitions : Tasmania's Claims.


Mr Mahoney y asked the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

1.   In view of the possibilities of the reduction of costs that can be gained by using the hydro-electric power available in Tasmania, will he immediately get in touch with the manager of the Hydro-electric Department, Hobart, with a view to establishing an industry for the production of munitions in Tasmania?

2.   If not, why not?


Mr Casey - Full consideration will be given to any special facilities offered by the different States, including that of cheap electric power, in the selection of any additional sites for the production of munitions. The position of Tasmania in this regard will be borne closely in mind.







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