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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Sampson (TASMANIA) -I point out that the item under discussion relates to scientific and industrial research, and the subject being discussed by the honorable senator does not come under that heading.

SenatorPAYNE - I certainly approve of the proposed expenditure, because I recognize that the more we can do to encourage scientific investigation of these matters the better.

Item 13 provides for the expenditure of£2,500on research and demonstration in connexionwith the apple and pear industry. Last year., the sum of£20,000 was set aside for the encouragement of this industry in Australia, and I should like to knowhow much of that amount has been expended, and what work has been done. If the Minister can furnish some details of the work carried out by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, it will be of interest to those engaged in the industry. It is impossible to over-em phasize the importance of this industry to Tasmania. It has enabled closer settlement to be carried out to a greater extent than would . be possible with any other industry. Is the department satisfied that the expenditure was justified? I believe that it is, but no information is available.

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