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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1593

Senator McMANUS (Victoria) - The Australian Democratic Labor Party supports the 6 Bills before the chamber. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures I fully endorse what was said by Senator Poyser as to the manner in which it was chaired by an old and revered friend of ours, the late Senator Laught. I support fully what Senator Poyser had to say about the wonderful assistance given to the Committee by its technical adviser, Mr Alan Harper. I have no doubt that the smoothness with which the operation of converting to the metric system of weights and measures is now proceeding is to a large degree due to the tremendous ability and organising flair that Mr Harper possesses.

The Committee was told during its inquiry that for every year Australia delayed bringing in a metric system the cost would go up 8 per cent. In those circumstances, it is good to see that the Metric Conversion Board is making such rapid progress while at the same time being careful to ensure that nothing is done which might prejudice the whole conversion. I think that the conversion to the metric system is something which will be for the good of Australia. I think that we can be proud of the way in which it is being carried through. I believe that we must all be grateful that the board which the Government appointed is proving to be most effective in performing a very difficult task.

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