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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr JEFF BATE (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - By way of explanation of a question which I address to the Minister acting for the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, I wish to point out that fruit-growers cannot insure against hail-storm damage. My question is : Has the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization done any work on the use of lockets for the control of hail-storms? If success has been obtained, will the Government reconsider an application to import rockets? An application for this purpose has been rejected. Is it a fact that the cost of the 400 rockets that have been asked for would be less than the cost of one luxury car, and that these rockets would save many thousands of pounds' worth of fruit and could also be made available for further exploratory research work?

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