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NEWS AND NOTES Higher Temperatures: To day's weather forecast for the metropolitan area is: "Fine with higher temperatures .and mod erate to fresh easterly winds. Estimated maximum tempera ture, 91deg. Yesterday's maxi mum temperature was 86.3deg. and the minimum 59.4deg. Radio Control: Members of the Broadcasting Board, which will control Australian broad casting, may be appointed by the Federal Cabinet next Thurs day. A long list of applica tions will be considered by a Cabinet sub-committee on Thursday morning and if re commendations are complete they will be placed before the full Cabinet. One member is certain to be a technical officer from the Postmaster-General's Department. Fire Brigade's Tour: Permis sion has been granted to the Bassendean Volunteer Fire Bri gade, the Champion brigade of the State, to compete in the Victorian Fire Brigades demon stratiqn at Ballarat during the first week of March. The bri gade, which won the champion ship at the Victorian demon stration last year, and hopes to repeat that performance, will compete against several other brigades at a demonstration to be held at Bassendean on Janu ary 30. River Control: After discus sion yesterday of a letter from the Perth Road Board, the Swan Road Board 'decided to support .a recommendation of the River Pollution Committee that the. Government be re quested to introduce legislation during the next session of Par liament to set up a statutory body with similar powers to those of the Thames Conser vancy Board in England, to control the Swan, Helena and Canning Rivers. It also agreed to contribute £5 to the Perth Road Board's incidental and administrative expenses in con nection with this move. Road Safety Speeds: Replying to a letter from the Swan Road Board challenging the safety of the speed limit of 40 miles an hour for motor vehicles on the Great Northern-highway -from the boundary of the metropoli tan area to Bullsbrook, the chairman of the Traffic Advis g Committee (Mr. R. Ratt sy) said that members of the committee regarded this speed on the highway as not exces sive for inotor cars. The speed limits laid down by the traffic regulations for heavy mtopr trucks, however, should not be exceeded and the board's traf fic inspector should be in structed to apprehend drivers who contravened them. W.A. Whallng: The Federal Government intends to proceed with plans for the development of off-shore whaling on the West Australian coast. It was disclosed in Canberra yester day that the Prime Minister had further talks recently with Capt. A. Melsom, the Norwegian whaling expert brought to Aus tr4lia by the Federal Govern ment to survey prospects for the development of a perma nent Australian deep-sea and off-shore whaling industry. His report will be examined soon by a Cabinet sub-committee. The Government has not aban doned the project for the estab lishment of a deep sea industry based on Tasmania, but a mother shipf has to be obtained first. The Government has been informed that it would be four or five years before a mother ship could be built in Britain. No order has been placed pend ing the outcome of negotiations to Obtain a mother ship from Japan's repa'ations.

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