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Friday, 11 September 1942

Senator FRASER - The Minister for Supply and Development has supplied the following answers: -

1.   No such request has been made. However, as indicated by the Prime Minister, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Wilmot, consideration is being given to the suggestion of the Tasmanian Government that Sir Owen Dixon be asked to approach patents holders in the United States of America for a purpose similar to that which the honorable senator has in mind.

2.   Considerable informationhas been received from American interests, and further details have been promised. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has examined all available information on the subject, and it has been established that the provision of extensive chemical engineering equipment and the utilization of large quantities of materials will be necessary before production on any worthwhile scale could proceed. The whole position is still being examined to see just how far its production would interfere with our munitions programme, and to what extent production in Australia is practicable.

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