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Wednesday, 12 November 1941

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) . - Lest the interjection which I made when Senator Aylett was speaking be misunderstood, I should like to explain that - 1 share the honorable senator's anxiety in regard to the erection of flax mills. In its interim report, the Joint Committee on Rural Industries drew the attention of the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Beasley) to this matter, and all I wished to imply by my interjection was that the matter had been brought to the notice of the Flax Production Committee, whose responsibility it is to see that these mills are fully equipped to handle the forthcoming crop, which promises to be very heavy, and that the committee gave an assurance that the mills would be in readiness for the forthcoming crop. I agree that this matter should be brought to the notice of the Minister again.- No doubt, the Minister, in turn, will refer it back to the Flax Production Committee, which, I feel sure, will give the same assurance to the Minister as it gave to the Joint Committee on Rural Industries a few weeks ago.

Senator Aylett - An assurance is not worth anything in this case.

Senator HERBERT HAYS - I do not wish my interjection to be misunderstood. I am not unmindful of the colossal task which confronts the Flax

Production Committee, and all I say is that it gave an assurance that the equipment would be ready to handle the 1940-41 crop.

Motion - by leave - temporarily withdrawn.

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