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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr BEASLEY - It is difficult to say which is the more important, though at the moment it might, perhaps, be =aid that the need to conserve rubber is somewhat the more urgent. That, however, is contingent upon circumstances, and the position might alter at any time. It would probably be safer to say that the need for economy is urgent in respect of both rubber and petrol. The Government is watching the position wry closely in regard to synthetic rubber, and has a representative in the Hinted States of America at the present time studying developments. Naturally, processes for the manufacture of synthetic rubber are a close secret, but we have taken steps to procure all the information available, and only yesterday I received an important cablegram dealing with the subject.

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