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Wednesday, 18 May 1960

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - in reply - I hope that I can satisfy the honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) that there has not been undue delay on the Government's part in dealing with this matter as he has suggested. The question of what further assistance, if any, should be given to the copper industry after the expiry of the present bounty was referred to the Tariff Board on 24th September last year. The reference was not made before then because the Townsville refinery of the Mount Isa company came into production only in June, 1959. The Government thought that any reference to the Tariff Board would be premature until some knowledge had been gained in practice of the effect on the industry of this refinery.

Mr Pollard - That is a thin excuse. A fair indication could have been given.

Mr OSBORNE - It is not an excuse, but a sound reason for the Government doing what it has done.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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