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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr STEWART - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow. -

1.   Allowing for value of material still on hand, the cost was about £6,000. Mr. Balsillie was not paid any salary or remuneration.

2.   There is hardly any question which could be of greater importance to Australia than rain stimulation. In view of this, and the fact that Mr. Balsillie had proved his ability in other scientific directions, it was decided to incur some expenditure in investigating a matter of such importance. The experimenters claimed that a more than average rainfall within a certain radius of the experimental stations resulted, but only prolonged operations over years could definitely prove whether the claim is correct.

3.   Mr. Balsilliehas not been in the Public Service for years.

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