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Wednesday, 24 October 1956

Mr McMAHON - I can but confirm the Prime Minister's assurance that this Government is greatly interested in the problem of scientific research. 1 mention, as an example, that between 63 per cent, and 65 per cent, of the to:al amount of funds of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, amounting to £5,750,000, is applied to scientific research in the primary industries. Secondly, I think that an amount of approximately £600,000 is applied for extension services in the dairying industry and other sections of primary industry. I cannot give the honorable gentleman a specific answer to the three questions he has raised, other than to say that 1 understand that the Prime Minister's Department allots 3,000 scholarships per annum, whilst the Department of Primary Industry gives certain special scholarships for primary industry research, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization also gives certain research scholarships. I regard this matter as of such importance that I shall ask the various departments to prepare a statement for me. and I shall make it available to the honorable gentleman and to other honorable members who are interested.

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