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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr HOLTEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - I preface a question to the Prime Minister by saying that Mr. Jay, President of the British Board of Trade, announced recently that the United Kingdom Government is to build 26 factories in developmental areas in Scotland, Wales, north-east England and other parts of the United Kingdom, at a cost of £1½ million sterling. Further, Mr. Jay pointed out that of the factory space already completed by the Board of Trade only 1 per cent. was unoccupied. I ask: Is it a fact that the Australian Government is at present studying decentralisation with the State Governments? As Australia is the most urbanised community in the world, has the Federal Government under consideration any comparable policy to that of Great Britain in order to encourage decentralisation of industry in Australia?

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