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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3179

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Productivity, upon notice, on 12 October 1977:

(1)   Did the Industries Assistance Commission in its 1974-75 report dated 29 September 1975 suggest that a reference be sent to it on the general question of assistance to encourage research and development and the dissemination and application of research results.

(2)   Did the Commission in its 1975-76 report dated 17 September 1976 observe that, as the recently modified Industrial Research and Development Incentives Scheme is due to expire in 1981, it would be appropriate for the reference to be forwarded in time for an inquiry to be completed before then.

(3)   Has he had the question of such a reference under examination, as the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs stated on 15 March 1977 (Hansard, page 240).

(4)   When will he announce a decision on the reference, about which he was reminded after his statement on the present Industrial Research and Development Incentives Scheme on 20 September 1977 (Hansard, page 1296).

Mr Macphee - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   As soon as a decision has been taken.

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