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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr CASEY (Corio) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I know of no instance in which the Government has paid for machinery and permitted it to be installed in the ordinary workshops of a private establishment. However, in saying that I do not want it to be assumed that in the future the Government will not, in the case of some reputable private organization, install machinery in existing workshops, which are especially suitable for the production of a particular commodity required by the Government. It might well be that, with the addition of a certain complicated machine to its plant, an engineering shop would be properly equipped for-' the production of certain goods. The Government wishes to keep itself entirely free and open to install a tool or tools of that sort in a private workshop. Such tool or tools would be the property of the Government, and would not be used by the firm except for government purposes.

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