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Tuesday, 9 April 1946


Mr DEDMAN - I have read reports about that matter. Indeed, I have seen within the precincts of this House samples of sheepskins treated in that manner, and it does seem to me that theyare an excellent material for imitation fur garments. I understand that patent rights over the process are held by an American firm. Until that firm appoints some firm to act for it in Australia or itself undertakes production in this country, I cannot see that the Department of Post-war Reconstruction can do anything. However, I shall have investigations made and ensure that whatever encouragement can be given to the industry shall be given if there is any intention on the part of the patentees to begin manufacture in this country.







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