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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - I take it that the honorable member's question relates in part to the building of ships in Australia.

Mr Harrison - I was making general reference to the encouragement offered to British interests to establish branches of their industries in Australia.

Mr CHIFLEY - The aircraft production and ship building industries were made the subject of discussions with me whilst I was abroad. Just prior to my arrival and during the time I was in Great Britain, the Resident Minister in London. (Mr. Beasley) also had discussionns with representatives of these two important branches of industry. I understand that these discussions are still' continuing. It is true that representatives of a number of British companies have interviewed me or the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and representatives of the government of the various States with the object of establishing branch industries in Australia. In all cases they have been given whatever encouragement and assistance it has been possible to give. One of the

Industrial[20 June, 1946.]. Development. 1653 greatest obstacles to the achievement of this aim, however, has been the incidence of double taxation. I have already intimated that an agreement in principle has been reached between the United Kingdom and Commonwealth governments in respect of that, and I am hopeful that when the agreement comes into operation it will remove the obstacle which in the past has prevented British interests from establishing industries in Australia.

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