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Thursday, 14 June 1928


Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) . - One of the conditions upon which the Empire Marketing Board agreed to co-operate with the Commonwealth in connexion with geophysical surveys was that the results should be made available to all parts of the Empire. So far as I am aware, the survey about to be commenced in Australia is the only work of the kind authorized by any Government within the Empire. Certain German scientists have gone to New Zealand at the invitation of private enterprise. Geophysical surveying is work that can be done only by thoroughly qualified experts. If it is attempted by people who have not the necessary scientific knowledge, it may yield results that are misleading and calculated to do more harm than good.

Bill agreed to and reported without amendment; report adapted.

Bill read a third time.







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