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Friday, 30 September 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - I cannot say, at the moment, what progress has been made with the report. I shall take that matter up with the chairman of the commission, Mr. Watson, and ascertain whether it will be possible to have the report made available to the Parliament before the end of the present session. I thought that the honorable member would be fully aware that the plans for all work relating to the production of aluminium in Tasmania had been pushed ahead as fast as possible. In the first place, it is not easy to get plant. All honorable members know of the great difficulty associated with obtaining capital equipment from overseas. A suitable location for the undertaking had to be selected, and I understand that a site has been chosen at Bell Bay. Discussions are proceeding with the Tasmanian Government on the provision of a water supply for that area. Equipment is being procured as quickly as possible. I shall provide the honorable member with whatever information can be supplied by the chairman of the commission.

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