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Wednesday, 24 October 1956

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister whether he was correctly reported as having said, earlier this week, that Australia must spend far more on research, and that the United States of America had gained industrial supremacy because of its understanding of the value of research? Will the right honorable gentleman say how he reconciles this statement with the failure of his Government to have exhaustively investigated the by-products which can be produced from the great coal deposits of Aus tralia? Does he consider that the production of oils, plastics, synthetic rubber, nylon and textiles is not sufficiently important for the Government to bother about conducting research, or was he only speaking politically when he made the statement to which I have referred?

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