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Friday, 1 May 1942

Mr Wilson n asked the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

1.   What is the reason for the production of aluminium from bauxite in Australia being held up?

2.   If vested interests here or overseas are the cause of the delay, what steps, if any, are proposed in order to proceed with this urgent nationalproduction?

3.   Will the Government state if actual production can, and will, proceed forthwith?

Mr Beasley - The whole question of establishment of the aluminium industry in Australia is governed entirely by our ability to import essential plant and equipment from abroad. Negotiations with the object of securing this plant and equipment have now been going on for some time and are continuing. It is not possible at present to forecast what the outcome may be, but the honorable member can be assured that the Government will be unremitting in its efforts to establish the industry and will explore all possible means of achieving this end.

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