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Thursday, 7 May 1942

Mr BEASLEY - I have said on several occasions that the progress possible in the development of bauxite deposits in Australia for the production of aluminium is dependent on the quantity of the necessary equipment that can be obtained from overseas.

Mr Guy - The Government is not making much headway in getting equipment.

Mr BEASLEY - As a matter of fact, the secretary of the Department of Supply, who went to Washington, regarded the getting of this equipment as one of his special jobs. I do not think that we can do more in the way of pressing our claims. I remind the honorable member that we are confronted with many difficulties, particularly in regard to obtaining electrical equipment necessary for the production of aluminium. Frankly, this equipment is not obtain - able.

Mr Guy - I realize the difficulties, but I want to know what progress is being made.

Mr BEASLEY - Steps have been taken to obtain additional rolling machinery for the plant already in Sydney. That is as far as we are able to go at the moment, but we have not given up hope, and are not slackening in our efforts to obtain the equipment needed to establish the industry in Australia.

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