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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator LAMP (Tasmania) .- For some considerable time, Tasmania has been dissatisfied with the treatment meted out by this Government to its manufacturing industries in respect of defence orders. Recently, a deputation consisting of Tasmanian members of Parliament, led by the Premier of that State, put before the Government Tasmania's requirements. Consequently, the Government now has a good idea of that State's desires. If it takes notice of the deputation's representations, Tasmania should, in the future, receive a fair share of defence expenditure. In view of the sympathetic hearing given by the Government to that deputation, I should be unfair if I traversed the ground- covered' by the deputation, or put forward any further claims on behalf of Tasmania at this juncture. Rather should we wait and see what the Government does in regard to the deputation's requests before we offer any further criticism of the Government's expenditure on defence contracts.

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