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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr THORBY - No specific agreements have been entered into -with the States in connexion with defence works. Negotiations are proceeding with State authorities, particularly in the eastern States, with a view to the carrying out of certain works by the Commonwealth Government in conjunction with them.

Mr McCALL - Have any works in any State been endorsed by the Com-, mon wealth Government as works of a defence character?

Mr THORBY - A long list of works associated with the Defence Department has already been published, and these are to be carried out by the Commonwealth. So far, no specific works have been defined as of a defence nature among those being carried out by the State governments.

Mr McCALL - Will the Minister for Works assure honorable members that he will, before the House rises, submit in general terms a report of the results of his negotiations with the State governments ?

Mr THORBY - I cannot give any undertaking of that kind. No one can forecast what will be the outcome of the negotiations that are taking place. I am endeavouring to give these matters the widest publicity possible.

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