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Friday, 21 November 1941


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

1.   The Commonwealth Government has accepted, in principle, and has acted upon, the recommendation of the Western Australian War Industries Committee that a Western Australian Industry Expansion Commissionbe appointed. The following have been appointed as members of the commission : - Commonwealth representatives. - Professor F. R. E. Mauldon, of the Western Australian University, chairman: H. B. Sturtevant. Esq., Commonwealth Deputy Director of Works, Perth; and J. W. Hallam, Esq., Area Officer. Board of Area Management, Department of Munitions, Perth. State representatives. - R. J. Dumas. Esq., Director of Works; and J. A. Ellis, Esq.. Commissioner of Railways.

2.   The terms of reference decided upon arc as follows: -

(a)   To advise the Commonwealth Government on measures necessary to ensure the fullest use of Western Australian industrial resources for war and other national purposes; and

(b)   To submit to the Commonwealth Government specific proposals for such industrial development as is necessary for this purpose.

3.   As the commission referred to in the answers to 1 and 2 has only recently been appointed, it is not possible, at this juncture, to furnish a definite reply to the question of the honorable senator. The commission will, in accordance with its terms of reference, take an active part in promoting the maximum use of the capacity of Western Australia in meeting war requirements. On proposals not directly associated with the war effort it will conduct full investigation and formulate propositions for submission to the Commonwealth Government. The Commonwealth will then, if necessary, confer with the State Government to determine at what stage each proposal may be undertaken and in what manner financial responsibility is to be divided. The plans associated with the work of the commission would have been much further advanced but for the delay of the previous Government in dealing with the recommendations of the Western Australian War Industries Committee, the report of which was made available to the then government in June last.







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