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Friday, 2 August 1946

Mr. DEDMAN(Corio- Minister for

Post-war Reconstruction and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research). - by leave - AsI indicated previously to honorable members, it is the aim of the Government to provide scientific and technical information to the industries of this country to enable production to reach and maintain that degree of efficiency necessary to meet overseas competition on home markets and abroad. Through the agency of Australian scientific and technical missions in Germany and Japan, acting in concert; with similar Empire and allied missions, valuable scientific and technical information is now flowing from abroad into Australia through the office of the Secondary Industries Division of my department.

An efficient organization has been set up, and with valuable assistance rendered by scientific and technical personnel from Australian industry, reports received from Germany and Japan, already numbering several thousand, are being abstracted, printed and distributed for general industrial use through the medium of such bodies as universities, technical colleges, public libraries, and chambers of manufactures, and direct to those industries likely to be concerned with the reports. Already much favorable comment has been made on the reports presented by my department, and it is my pleasure to place in the library of the Parliament copies of the reports already printed and circulated, so that honorable members may see for themselves the kind of service to Australian industry which the Government is pleased to render. As additional reports come to hand they also will be made available. I take this opportunity to express the thanks of the Government to the scientific and technical personnel from Australian industry who. in an honorary capacity, and at great personal inconvenience, are rendering such able assistance in the presentation of this information to the industry of this country.

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