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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2275

Dr J F CAIRNS (Lalor) (Minister for Overseas Trade) - I do not want to take up too much time but, as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Lynch) said, 2 points are significant in respect of his amendment. The first is a widening of the operational scope of the Australian Industry Development Corporation. Previously, it was fairly narrowly limited to development of resources, and clause 5 widens its scope. It refers to manufacture, processing, treatment, transportation or distribution of goods, or the development or use of natural resources. This is a reflection of the view of the Government that development is not merely digging holes in the ground and getting the stuff out. Development, as we have found in the Pilbara region, includes the building of an infrastructure. There are such things as railway lines in the Pilbara area; there are machines that carry iron ore for long distances; there is the building of ports; there is the shipping of the stuff away.

Mr Lynch - What about motor cars?

Dr J F CAIRNS - Well, I am saying what I have in mind and what the Government has in mind.

Mr Lynch - Do you have in mind the building of a Government motor car?

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