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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - This report of the Forster committee is without doubt the most comprehensive, thorough and expert examination of these problems that has ever been made. It is my intention to seek funds for the printing of the report so that it will be available not only to honorable members of the House but also to all persons interested in this important subject. The report covers about 250.000 words, together with diagrams, graphs and illustrations, so the printing cannot be done hurriedly. If there is any undue delay in getting printed copies of the report, I will try to get an extensive summary in mimeograph form and make it available to honorable members. I should stress that this is a report prepared at ministerial request for departmental purposes and the question of whether or not there should be a debate on it scarcely seems to arise. At any rate, that would be a matter for the Government in framing the programme of the House.

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