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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I agree with Senator Brown that the discovery of a process for treating' soils for the purpose of providing suitable road surfaces would be of great advantage to Australia. But I am under the impression that something in th indirection has already been done. A New South Welshman, I believe.. invented one method. He treated a black soil with a certain process,, baked it and rendered it into brick form. It was then laid down and rolled out, producing a surface which stood up to traffic remarkably well. If this process can be applied to black soil plains, it will render great service to the community. That method, although introduced in New South Wales, wa3 not widely utilized in Australia, but I believe that experiments were carried out in the Warren district, and the process has been adopted in parts of .Queensland. However, much remains to be learned in this direction, and I am gratified that the Minister has given an undertaking that the problem will be investigated.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Proposed votes- The Department of the Treasury, £185,120; The AttorneyGeneral's Department, £45,340., agreed to.

The Department of the Interior.

Proposed vote£101,830.

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