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Friday, 25 September 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Interior) . - I promised to-day to obtain certain information for Senator Leckie about grinding machines. I regret that he did not give sufficient detail regarding the matter raised .by him, .but some general information about grinding machines has been supplied to me by the Department of Munitions. Generally speaking, American machines are approximately three times the .price of British machines. The usual figure for an American machine would be about $22,000, not £22,000. The British machines are for tool-room work, whereas the American machines are designed for massproduction work, and are considerably heavier and more powerful. In any case, grinding machines are vitally needed for Australia's war effort, and must be purchased without delay wherever they are available.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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