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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator ARKINS ("New South Wales) . - I support the remarks of Senator Duncan-Hughes in regard to the work of the solar observatory at Canberra. I understand that its chief function is to trace the relation between Bun spots and weather conditions in Australia, and I should like to know if this is still the accepted theory of leading meteorologists. We are expending considerable sums of money in Australia on meteorological services. The provision in this bill is approximately £30,000, and I should like to know what steps are being taken to supply the missing link in the chain of meteorological stations, namely, the much.talkedof station in the Antarctic. There has been considerable expenditure by the British and Commonwealth Governments on expeditions to the Antarctic, and we have been told, from time to time, that the establishment of a meteorological station there would give valuable information concerning weather conditions in Australia. The rest of the world is linked up by stations which give information that is available immediately to all governments. The absence of a station in the Antarctic is a definite gap which should be filled, because of the general belief that conditions there affect or govern conditions in Australia, and reliable information from such a station might make possible long-range weather forecasting in the Commonwealth.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Defence.

Proposed vote,£1,117,772.

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