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Thursday, 7 November 1935

Senator MILLEN (through Senator Sampson) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Does the Government regard wind tunnels as essential for the conducting of aerodynamic research and experiment?

2.   Does the department regard the National Physical Laboratory type of wind tunnel installed at the Melbourne University some twelve years ago as a satisfactory type for conducting such experiments?

3.   Is not the 10-in. open-jet type of wind tunnel in use. at the University of Sydney too small for aerodynamic research?

4.   Will the Government give early consideration to the erection ofa wind tunnel similar to that erected by the Canadian Government having a jet of9 feet in diameter, and a maximum air speed of 150 miles an hour?

5.   Will the Government allocate a substantial subsidy for the carrying out of this work?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answers : - 1, 2 and 3. The necessity for wind tunnels and the efficiency of the particular tunnels mentioned in questions 2 and 3 are entirely a matter of the particular aerodynamic research and experiment contemplated. 4 and5. As previously advised, in reply to the honorable senator's questions on 24th October, the question of aerodynamic research was included in the list of subjects for study and investigation by the Controller of Civil Aviation during his recent tour of duty abroad. Until the Controller's report has been examined in detail, I am not in a position to statethe policy of theGovernment in regard tothe matters raised in these questions.

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