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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

In committee:Consideration resumed from the 26th May, {vide page826).

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 air craft 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 dis posal of stocks of goods in connexion with defence;

(e)   arrangements for ascertaining costs 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.

Upon which Mr. Forde had moved, by way of amendment -

That the words " subject to the directions of the Governor-General and to the next succeeding sub-section ", sub-clause1, be omitted.

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