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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I preface my question, which is addressed to the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, by recalling that in 1926 the Bruce-Page Government established this organization, which has rendered magnificent service to the Australian people and saved hundreds of millions of pounds. Has the Minister's attention been directed to the suggestion by a rather prominent scientist in New South Wales that this magnificent organization be disbanded and handed over in its dismembered state to the various universities in Australia? Can the Minister assure the House that such action has not been contemplated - and will not be contemplated - in respect of a body that has rendered, and will still render, magnificent service to Australia as a whole by research in the fields of industry and primary production?

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