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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr MORGAN (Reid) (2:34 AM)

The arguments advanced by honorable members opposite are typical of the shadew-sparring in which they have indulged during the debate. They are sparring with phantoms, talking about industries which do not exist. The honorable, member for Wentworth (Mr. Harrison) spoke about the dead hand of the Government. The dead hand of private enterprise has been placed heavily on the coal-mining industry in the, past. Regardless of the number of derivatives of coal, the fact remains that under the present wasteful methods of production, derivatives are now being allowed to go up the flue. Private enterprise has not developed the coal industry, or the manufacture of by-products of coal. The Government should develop such industries rather than leave them uncontrolled and thus give to certain individuals the opportunity to float companies, and pos sibly, provide briefs for the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender).

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