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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr CASEY (Minister for External Affairs) - I am grateful for the interest displayed in the work of the C.S.I. R.O. It has been my habit over the last five or six years to circulate in the course of each Parliament - and it could be done more frequently if necessary - to each member of both Houses a statement of the overall work of the C.S.I.R.O., the location of its research establishments in the capital cities and elsewhere, in particular the work being done in the State from which the honorable member or honorable senator comes and in even greater detail the work being done in the particular electorate or district from which the honorable member or honorable senator comes, together with the names of the officers in charge, their telephone numbers, and the principal items of research being undertaken. I have done that on numerous occasions and it has taken a great deal of work to get all that information compiled in order to enable each member of Parliament to pursue the matters in which he is interested and to visit establishments, either in his own electorate, his own State or elsewhere.

I can get that brought up to date and will very gladly do so, because it is now about twelve months since I sent out the last series of letters in that regard. I would like to do everything possible to encourage visits by honorable members and honorable senators to C.S.I. R.O. research establishments. Owing to the importance of governmentrun research in Australia to our whole developmental problem, I would certainly very much welcome personal interest by honorable members and honorable senators in the detailed work of C.S.I.R.O.

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