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Wednesday, 30 June 1937


The CHAIRMAN - I hope that the honorable senator intends to connect his remarks with some item before the Chair.


Senator ARKINS - I intend to do so. I mention these instances in support of my contention that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research should investigate claims made by nonacademic inventors. De Mole invented the army tank in 1912-13, but it was not until 1918 that the papers were taken out of the pigeon-holes; and then the invention was credited to some other person. History provides abundant evidence of the contributions to science by nonacademic men, and, therefore, I urge that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research be empowered to deal with persons who claim to have made discoveries, with a view to applying their ideas to the good of the community. Some of the inventions which are now in every-day use were, at first, thought to be impracticable.


The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator must connect his remarks with some item of expenditure in the bill.


Senator ARKINS - Last week I referred to the practice of rugging sheep, an idea which would have been regarded as absurd a few years ago.


Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The rugging of sheep has been practised for twelve years.


Senator ARKINS - If Senator Guthrie were here, he would disabuse the mind of Senator James McLachlan regarding the time when the rugging of sheep was first practised in Australia. Sir Frederick McMasters and Senator Guthrie are pioneers in this connexion. The " crank " has always been laughed at, hut much of the progress of the world is due to him. Most of the inventions which have revolutionized the world have been the outcome of discoveries by " cranks " I should like to see the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research undertake the investigations which I have suggested.







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