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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Supply and Development received a report from Mr. Malcolm Newman regarding the adequacy or otherwise of existing smelting, concentrating and refining plants for the handling of ores of base metals needed for war industries? If so, can he inform the House whether the report states -

(a)   existing plants cannot handle ores such as tin, wolfram, copper, lead, &c. ;

(b)   that transport facilities are not available to carry ores from new fields to existing plants; and

(c)   that no single existing plant can treat the composite ores offering.

Will the Minister consider a proposal for the establishment of a suitable plant for smelting or concentrating ores at places where sufficient quantities of ore are available?

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