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Wednesday, 2 April 1941


Senator AYLETT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister for Supply and Development whether he has any information from the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited that it intends to manufacture magnesium? If so, has he any definite information as to when that company will commence production? Has the Department made an exhaustive investigation into the process of manufacture contemplated in order to satisfy itself that the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited can manufacture magnesium economically, as was done in respect of the process proposed to be used by the Australian Magnesium Company of Hobart? Has the Government received any guarantee from the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited that it will produce magnesium ? If so, at what price will it be put on the Australian market? How does the price proposed to be .charged by the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited for. magnesium compare with the present import price of 2s. 0½d. per lb., and with the offer made by the Australian Magnesium Company of Hobart to manufacture it and put it on the Australian market at from ls. to ls. 3d. per lb. ?







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