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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Can the Minister state what is the present position in regard to the Forestry School? Disquieting rumours are abroad to the effect that the school has been, or is about to be, closed down. Even if heroic measures have to be taken, I sincerely hope that the Government will do everything in its power to prevent such a thing happening. The Forestry School constitutes one of the most important phases of Commonwealth activity, not only in Canberra, but also generally. "Will the Minister tell us exactly what is the position in this regard?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [2.17]. - I share the views just expressed by Senator Collings. I frequently discuss the Forestry School with the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Paterson) and my recollection of the last conversation is that the outlook is much more hopeful than it was previously, and that one or two States, which previously had indicated they did not intend to send students to the school, had altered that decision; therefore the school is to be continued for the present. The Government itself is earnestly desirous that it shall be continued, as it believes that the school plays a very valuable part in our national economy.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Defence.

Proposed vote,£950,900.

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