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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- 1 do not dispute Senator Hardy's figures, but I suggest that a comparison between the years 1930 and 1936 is unfair. Everybody knows that in 1930 the building industry was at a standstill. The industry recently has gone ahead by leaps and bounds. A comparison of 1936 with 1926 or 1927 would be more to the point.

I did not mean to create the impression that the Chambers of Manufactures are ' antagonistic to the proposed extension of the activities of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. As a matter of fact they welcome it, but I do not need the Minister to tell me what the Associated Chambers of Manufactures and the Victorian Chamber of Manufactures are thinking, because I am a member of both and am in weekly conference with them. "When the committee to investigate secondary industries was formed, of the ten members only two represented secondary industries. The others were outsiders. That is why the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will have to use a good deal of tact to satisfy itself that it is on sound lines. Senator Arkins spoke about inventions, but I would remind him that although Stevenson invented the steam engine a long time ago, at the same time he invented the whole of the deficits of Australia in the last few years.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Departmentof the Treasury.

Proposed vote,£6,365.

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