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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - The work of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has been accepted and approved by all sections of the community.

Senator Collings - Hear, hear !

Senator HARDY - No one debates the wisdom of applying science to indus try. In my opinion, that is the soundest economic policy that the Commonwealth can pursue. I was particularly interested to hear some months ago, through the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons), that a decision had been reached to extend the activities of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to the realm of secondary industry. Hitherto, the activities of the council have been concentrated almost entirely on the problems of primary production, and its achieve ments in that field have been notable. How far is the interest of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in the problems of secondary industries to proceed ? Year by year this Parliament is asked to vote funds to the council to enable it to carry on its investigations. Such work should not be dependent on an annual vote by Parliament, because the whole success of successful experiment depends upon the investigators having sufficient funds assured to them to enable them to carry out a long-range policy. There are in existence to-day vital experiments which necessitate the formulation of a progressive schedule spread over a long period, sometimes extending to eight or ten years. Is it not logical then, to give to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research reasonable financial security?

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