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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct the attention of the Minister for Supply and Development to the following paragraph in a letter written by the General Superintendent of the Electrolytic Refining and Smelting Company of Australia, Port Kembla : -

We regret we are unable to purchase 10 per cent, copper ore owing to the high zinc and lead contents, but will be pleased to purchase the gold and silver concentrates.

As smelting and refining companies are receiving the Commonwealth Government's bounty of £80 a ton on copper which they have not mined, I ask the Minister whether the Government will consider the setting up of a Government purchasing commission to huy ores, or concentrates of base metals, needed for war purposes which cannot be treated in Australia but are in demand in America ?

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