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Friday, 4 July 1941

Senator McLEAY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   Thebauxite was purchased by the Commonwealth.

2.   This material was obtained from the Netherlands. East Indies through the Australian Aluminium Company.

3.   No.

4.   It will be held as security stocks to be drawn upon when necessary for the production of aluminium, until such time as local deposits have been fully investigated and developed.

5.   No. The 25,000 tons are Commonwealth property.

6.   On the advice of our technical officers, which was accepted by the Advisory War Council on the 20th February, 1941.

7.   Detailed investigations are at present being made into the local resources of bauxite and the practicability of producing the requisite annual supplies of aluminium from local deposits.

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