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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr Paterson n asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice -

1.   Is it with the approval of the Government that the proprietors of a country garage in Victoria, successfully engaged in carrying out contracts for machining substantial quantities of Bren-gun carrier sprockets, have been informed by the Director of Rail Transport that economy in transport is more important than decentralization and that, as opportunity offers munition work of this character will be cut down in the country and increased in the city ?

2.   Does the transport weekly of 4 tons of sprocket castings to a country town, and the return loading of 3 tons of machined sprockets, constitute a transport problem for the Victorian Railways of sufficient magnitude to warrant the closing down of a country workshop and its removal with ten or twelve employees from the country to Melbourne?

Mr George Lawson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The Director of Rail Transport denies having made any such statement.

2.   No. posters.

Mr Falstein (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Information, upon notice -

1.   What safeguards are there to guarantee that posters circulated by the Advertising Division, and having for their object the obtaining of an increased production, have an effective appeal to the workers in the factories and workshops?

2.   Will the Minister obtain the opinion of employees as well as employers in regard to such matters?

Mr.George Lawson. - The Minister for Information has supplied thefollowing answers : -

1   . The Department of Information maintains close consultation with the trade union movement in relation to all forms of publicity issued, for the purpose of securing the highest degree of production possible.

2.   See answer to No. 1.

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Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   On what basis are (a) fees and (b) travelling expenses paid to honorable members who are (a) assisting Ministers of State;

(b)   conducting inquiries or engaged on missions entrusted to them by Ministers or others ; and (c) engaged as members of the Advisory War Council?

2.   How many honorable members are so employed or remunerated, or compensated?

3.   How many honorable senators as under No. 2 above?

4.   How many are allotted private secretaries or other personal assistance, and at what cost?

5.   What funds have been disbursed under Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 since the Government assumed office?

Mr.Curtin. - The information is being obtained and a. reply will be furnished to the honorable member as early as possible. producer-gasfuel:useofwheat.

Mr Beasley y. - On the 7th May, the honorable member for Darling (Mr. Clark) asked a question, without notice. as to whether I would have investigations made in regard to the possibility of using wheat instead of charcoal as a producergas fuel.

I now desire to inform the honorable member that this matter has been the subject of investigations by my department for some time. Both road and laboratory tests have been carried out, but the investigations are still in the experimental stages. aluminium.

Mr Beasley - On the 7th May, the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen) asked a question, without notice, as to whether I would have an investigation made of Dr. Murphy's formula for the production of aluminium from bauxite.

I now desire to inform the honorable member that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is at present investigating processes for the production of alumina from bauxite and alunite, and I have arranged for the. council to include Dr. Murphy's process within the scope of its investigations.

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