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Tuesday, 16 December 1941

Senator FRASER (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The Minister for Supply and Development has supplied the following answers: -

1.   I invite the attention of the honorable senator to the information furnished by the Minister for Supply' and Development to a question asked by the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Spooner) on the 20th November. This is reported on page 637 of proof copy ofHansurd on the 20th-21st November, 1041. To the extent that the news bulletin broadcast referred to varied from such information, the news bulletin broadcast is incorrect.

2.   and 3. The Commonwealth Government is in consultation with the Government of New South Wales to ascertain whether that Government has any proposals in hand or in mind for the development of the Baerami field, and whether Commonwealth co-operation is desired. The matter is being followed up urgently. The action is regular, and is; in fact, necessary because mining, except within the territories controlled by the Commonwealth, is a State function, and all mining leases and conditions governing mining, therefore, come within the scope of the State authority.

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