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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr STREET - The honorable gentleman will realize that the ability of any industry to qualify for an annexe depends on the capacity of the tool-room of the parent plant.

Mr BEASLEY - I feel sure that the Minister for Defence (Mr. Street) is aware of the latest developments with respect to the standardization of tools and gauges. He had an opportunity to acquaint himself with that matter when an inspection wa.3 made recently of the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. We saw how that establishment reduced the problem of tools and measurement devices to a fine art. Standard gauges and patterns are now available to industry. These devices enable measurements to be standardized to one-thousandth part of an inch. Thus the problem of tools has got beyond the stage of the separate toolroom.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member's time has expired.

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