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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The Minister for National Development has provided the following answers - 1, 2 and 4. Immediately following the Government's decision of August 1963 steps were taken by my Department to set up the National Materials Handling Bureau.

The Bureau took over the small number ofstaff and the facilities and activities of the then existing Materials Handling Branch.

Additional staff positions for the Bureau were approved by the Public Service Board in July 1964.


5.   The cost of operating the Bureau from 1st August 1964 to 3 1st March 1965 has been largely salaries and wages, totalling £9,992.

6.   A technical study of the handling of bales of wool, which is expected to take 12 months, has been initiated and is now about half complete.

A reconnaissance survey is in progress prior to carrying out a full examination of the handling of some types of canned fruits.

Work has commenced on determining optimum sizes for containers and packs for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Developmental work, testing and the preparation of specifications for unit loads of munitions has been continued.

Approximately ISO inquiries from government departments and industry have been dealt with since July 1964. Subjects have included international and national standards; uniform materials handling techniques and procedures; refrigeration and packaging; modular packaging; wool handling practices; and the design and use of freight containers.

The Federal Advisory Committee on Materials Handling has met on two occasions in Sydney and mct in Canberra with the Minister for National Development on Monday, 10th May 1965.

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