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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) .- I cordially support the bill. Nature, in its own fascinating and mysterious way, hides from the eyes of man the storehouses of its great treasures, and only science can pronounce the magic " Open sesame." I hope that the Prime Minister will be able to co-opt the definite interest of the States.

Mr Bruce - That has been done already.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I can conceive of no more valuable result from this research than the discovery of great subterranean supplies of water for stock and domestic purposes in Central and Northern Australia. The utilization of those vast areas is limited, not by the carrying capacity - of the grasses and herbage, but by the quantity of water available; and if a geophysical survey will assist the geologist to discover artesian supplies, immense provinces will be added to the productive area of Australia. The location of new mineral wealth also would be of great value to the nation. Ever since I saw the romance of John Stofel unfolded on the stage, I have been hoping that Australian would " strike oil," but its hopes in this regard have been often blighted. Any scientific endeavour to help the prospecting for oil must receive, the commendation of this House.

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