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25, 1953. be LETTERS to the EDITOR PROSPECTORS IN THE LABORATORY Scientists Lead Search for Uranium Check in the Laboratory Mineral Wealth JUST a few words, that the eye swiftly scans in a newspaper "Government officers' have led the West Aus: tralian hunt for oil" or again, "Australian experts have discovered surface uranium minerals hear Katherine." But behind them lies a story that is known to comparatively few. It is a strory of men's vision, scientific skills and personal courage playing a vital part in our nation's future. jj inMiintiummMiwr Lt iiiwiii I 1 Smmm mmmm and links with State Mines departments weld together the activities throughout Australia and beyond, from New Britain down to Heard Island. Visits abroad and the use of overseas specialists on projects here ensure that advanced ideas are embraced.

A Critic Of Ireland SIR, THAT ONE, especially with the name of Fitzgerald, should speak so slightingly of Ireland in order to develop an argument on another and totally unrelated topic -r- and Lotteries) is unfair. That the Minister for Electrical Undertakings (Mr. J. W. Galbally) should arouse Rev.

W. G. Fitzgerald (249) to the extent of causing him to utter grave inaccuracies is regrettable. The Irish language is the ancient tongue of the Scottish Highlands and Ireland. Far from being moribund, it is alive and virile, as Melbumlans learnt last month from Professor Myles Dillon, eminent Irish scholar, at a reception tendered him by Melbourne's Lord Mayor.

And for Mr. Fitzgerald to piously upbraid Australia as being the Empire's only "naughty ohild" in the matter of lotteries overlooks the fact that Malta's economy Is practically reliant upon a "consultation" and this was the island that our late King decorated with the George Cross for bravely withstanding an unprecedented bombing siege during the recent war. I contend that the "punching on the nose" technique has not the claims to success as has "sweet reasonableness" in the matter of achieving reform or solving problems. We can see that Mr. Galbally's outspokenness has initiated an outburst of intemperate criticism with irresponsible historical references and, this, sadly enough, by one who bears a name greatly respected in the hospitable country he is provoked to malign.

F. R. POWER, J.P. marks make one think thaB he must be uncomf orUbii supportln8 I No amount of shouting obscure the fact thitS Labor Government has bro. posed to finance hosXu in a way which Is unethical and which presses 5t tions of the community.

Every clergyman knows of the broken home, and wrecked lives caused by ex. cesslve Indulgence in gam. bling and strong drink, Does Mr. Galbally consider these people or don't they matter 1 The old definition of wowser Is worth repeating: We Only Want Bocw Evils Rectified. (Rev.) COLIN COHK Budget Hits Land Owner SIR, MR.

CAIN HAS shown himself in hi true colors in his bud-get. The property owner is to be penalised severely to enable the Government to budget a surplus. A so-called "concession'' is made to the averais owner, but it is almost va-lueless. The maximum con. cession to any land-tax payer is the magnificent sum of 2 1010 per annum, and once the unimproved value reaches 950 there is no saving.

Mr. Cain is very blind indeed if he thinks that property owners' votes can be bought for 2 1010 or even less. At the other end of the scale, the larger property owner the owner of farm and grazing lands, of shops, factories, commercial and business premises is hit hard. The additional burden cast on these owners must increase costs of production, in cases where th owner produces, and reduce already dangerously low net rental returns In cases where the owner has leased the property. It Js high time that property owners were released lrom the ever-Increasing burdens they are expected to carry and now that quarterly adjustments have been abolished (or at least suspended) the negligible pressure on Inflationary trends which an Increase of rents would have produced can no longer be used as an argument against increases.

DAVID R. DOOLEY (Secretary, Property Owners' Association of Victoria). CLEARING THE WAY FOR INCENTIVES AFTER a long and at times bitter debate, the A.C.T.U. congress adopted a report of Its executive setting forth the conditions under which incentive payment schemes might be approved, and prescribing a number of safeguards applying to existing as well as to proposed new schemes. Official Labor policy is thus modified to the extent of awarding recognition to de facto incentive systems at work, while opposition to the principle is maintained.

Although the philosophy behind incentives for workers Is condemned, the chief governing organ of trade unionism makes a grudging admission incentive systems are already at work, and seemingly leaves it to the unions concerned to decide whether or not proposed new incentive schemes be accepted. Henceforth, it would seem, provided the arrangements meet with the approval of the unions concerned, the A.C.T.U., at any rate, will not do anything to oppose the schemes. Disliking incentives, it concedes that systems flourish in our midst, with the approval of the workers. Even the tepid qualified modification of policy may be an advance. For many years incentives as a form of industrial relationships have been advocated, not only on the employing side, but by many students of our industrial scene, economists, and disinterested observers of the working of the wage system.

All agreed that here was a means by which the efficient and industrious could lift themselves out of the ruck, within a system regulated closely by awards, prescribed wage rates, and working hours for all subject to the Jurisdiction. Incentives, it was seen, also offered a prospect of achieving that substantial increase of output which, by common consent, is essential if we are to maintain living standards, preserve award gains made by unionists, hold markets, and establish a healthy economy. Payment by results, and inducements for above-mediocre service, have long been familiar over important areas of Australian industry, and the scope of these things has been steadily widened, even while the A.C.T.U. officially opposed extensions. Probably an Important factor influencing the congress decision was that workers participating in present incentive schemes would very strenuously resist any attempts to outlaw or cancel the benefits.

Among the 246 delegates who voted for adoption of the report were many who recognised that incentive systems had become so deeply entrenched, and were so strongly favored by workers, that to continue a formal ban would put the A.C.T.U. out of alignment with the thinking and practice of a growing mass of its own constituents. The A.C.T.U. executive rightly emphasises the need of good will between managements and wage earners as a condition of satisfactory initiation and working of incentive schemes. Given a helpful attitude on both sides, the way would be open for extension of the idea to substantial areas of industry where incentives may have been debarred.

The results of a wider application would be of Individual as well as general benefit. It is important that schemes be based on close understanding and mutual consent; the unions concerned must take part in initiation, as well as formulation of details. Best results are promised when groups and teams share the benefits, and no thought should be given to foisting schemes on workers without prior discussions. Nor can the pace of the fastest be taken as the norm of others, Under such safeguards, incentives could make a valuable contribution in attacking our problem of high costs, and getting industry into better shape for the tests of a more competitive era. GEOPHYSICST JOHN DALEY, who at Alice Springs in 1949, confirmed the finding of a uranium sample by a prospector.

The find led to the development of Rum Jungle. Here he works at a uranium-checking fluorimeter one of two in Australia at the Bureau of Mineral Resources laboratory at Footscray. Mapping Office, this section carries on the gigantic undertaking of detailed fixing of Australia's geological make-up. Attached to the division, a Rabaul-based vulcano-logist won the George Cross for sticking to his duties during the Mount Lamington blast in Guinea. Other experts, in con-Junction with the C.S.I.R.O., are testing chances of farming the Kimberleys zone.

MINING ENGINEERING. Using relatively smallbore diamond drills which can penetrate down to about 2000 feet, this section pushes on with closer examination of promising metal "finds." It employs its own plant or contracts for the use of machinery. PETROLEUM TECH-NOLOGY. Operating large-calibre rotary drills, this branch oan probe to depths from a few hundred up to 15,000 feet assessing oil hopes. It must act in harmony with private Interests.

It is engaged in coal search on New South Wales fields as well. A DMINISTRATION. In Melbourne, all activities are co-ordinated and directed, including stores organising and a workshop and laboratory at Foots-cray. MINERAL ECONOMICS. Here are formulated the policy patterns that guide the Government in its relations with commerce.

fJEOPHYSICAL. The 100 or so geophysicists act over an amazingly extensive range. Allied with the geologists, they use magnetic balances which check on subterranean or bodies through their characteristic magnetic fields measurable at ground surface. Equipment sent overland from Melbourne is in service in the Kimberleys now. Recent surveys led New i South Wales hunts for lead-zinc, tin, scheellte, and JT starts in some rather gloomy Bourke Street offices; and it ends on far arid deserts, at a jungle volcano, among Antarctic ice.

Those concerned tend to pride themselves on being ''backroom boys" who carry through a task with little talk. So the taxpayer generally hears little of them. Also, they work under the rather forbidding title of Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics of the Department of National Development. Their main purpose is to find out the potentials of Australia's mineral resources, wherever these may be, and to pioneer the strengthening of this side of our economy. Once the leads have been given, it is the usual practice to hand to private enterprise the of wresting paying quantities from the ground.

THE bureau staff is in the news now because lonely years of research have just been capped by large-scale drilling for oil at Exmouth Gulf, 800 miles north of Perth. As well, they are leading development of this country's uranium mining, for the Atomic Energy Commission. It all demands a fusion of scientific knowledge, complex equipment, often dangerous living in remote regions, and a far-sighted outlook on the nation's business future. Duties spread to recording earthquakes, helping forecast farming prospects, studying volcanoes, surveying the earth's magnetic fields and gravity even to assessing the thickness of the South Polar ice cap I On field ventures, members may travel by foot, camel, dinghy, aeroplane. A likely "strike" is located and perhaps proclaimed a restricted area painstaking analysis is launched at once.

What they ferret out on the spot passes to administrative level, where a bureau panel advises the Federal Government on top mineral economic policies. Inter-State conferences Shouting Down Opponents SIR, WITH REGARD to Mr. Galbally's "nose punches" for wowsers, it is an old dodge to call your opponent names when your own argument is. weak. The story is told of the orator who left his notes of an address behind him.

In the margin he had written directions in red ink including, in one place, "Shout here, argument weak." Mr. Galbally's lurid re manian nickel and tin searches. Spectacular results have been won by bureau geophysicists in mounting in DC3 aircraft special equipment responsive to magnetic fields and radioactive radiations. Flying at 500 feet and positioned by a radarlike device called "Shoran," these have plotted thousands of square miles of Gipps-land (oil search), the Eyre Peninsula (iron), WaUaroo-Moonta "(copper) and tracts south of Darwin (uranium). Areas likely to contain gold deposits will be sought later in West Australia.

These air missions do the same work as foot-slogging tent-camped parties but 100 times faster and 20 times cheaper. Sub-surface compositions can also be plumbed by gravity meters that employ balances to detect variations in the density of rocks. Adapted to oil and coal search particularly, this method has helped define Gippsland's brown coal future. Their fourth general technique of mineral investigation: is seismic, on the echo-sounding principle. After perhaps 100 lb.

of gelignite is fired, instruments read rebounding reflections to determine the nature of strata hundreds of thousands of feet be neath the surface. This will reveal the thickness of the Antarctic ice cap. Finally, bedrock forms can be charted by electrical resistivity. Current is sent through the ground by way of sets of iron stakes, and its behavior is recorded. ENGINEERS these scientists advice to choose mountain, dam or tunnel sites, power house foundations and railway bridge positions.

Many of the geologists' queries are answered without the expense of drilling for mineral samples or sinking water bores. Ethics Of Gambling SIR, THE OPPONENTS of a lottery, in their eagerness to prove the immorality of gambling, are in danger of allowing enthusiasm to outstrip logic. The phrase "stealing by mutual consent" used by Rev. J. Arthur Lewis (239) is a contradiction in terms, for the essence of stealing is that it involves the taking or.

anotner man's goods without his consent. My goods are my own to dispose of (within certain limits) as I wish, but my life is given me by God, and I have no right to allow anyone to take it from me, Just as I have no right to taice in oy my own nut (unless it be to save an other life). There is, tnereiore, no true narallel between gambling and duelling, and it is lmpo-isioie to regain gambling as a contravention of the Eighth Com mandment. As to the Tenth commandment, I agree that gambling does, normally, excite and partly spring from a covetous spirit I.e. a desire to get something which you do not possess.

But it may De arguea mat most forms of business enterprise are similarly mo tivated. We do not find the Col lins Street clergy denouncing the many evils which arise irom covetousness and greed in our economic life with anything like the same unanimity and ier-vor whloh have been aroused by the recent proposals for a lottery. It can be further argued that gambling is contrary to the spirit of stewardship by which Christ taught that the use of money should be governed, and for that reason myself, do not Indulge in it and I discourage it in others. I do not think, however, that it could, at the present time, be successfully prohibited by law. If prohibition is not practical, then surely the task of the Government is to control gambling, minimising its attendant abuses as far as can be done, and ensuring that it makes some contribution to the community as a partial offset to the harm which it does.

(Archdeacon) J. HARVEY BROWN (St. John's Rectory, Yallourn). Life In The New China SIR, It is good to read letters like that of Rev. J.

H. Kitchen Age" 189), which recognise that truth is many-sided and that black and white exist alongside in Communist as well as democratic States; that neither has a monopoly of. good. I am prepared to believe that reluctant slave gangs work some of the enormous river projects in China. I know that much of this work is done bv farmer volunteers who stand to benefit enormously in the future by the conservation and direction of huge volumes of water.

A daughter of one of our best Australian writers has told me of the sustained and spontaneous burst of applause from a group of these workers when she went on a tour of inspection with a group of peace delegates last year. Slave labor does not applaud. The rapid materialistic progress of Communist countries has been paid for "in sweat and tears and blood," says Rev. J. H.

Kitchen. But I ask him, has not the life of the mass of the Chinese always, till now, been mostly blood, sweat and tears Ruthlessness, surely, was the character of the feudal society on which the Kuomintang thrived. What is new is the principle of each for all and all for each, accompanied as it is by coercion and persecution of those who are suspected of alien affiliations (among which, unfortunately, Christianity seems to be Included) or of a violation of this principle which, paradoxically, is surely Christian. MARGARET HOWELLS (OUnda). Sir N.

W. Armstrong Sir Nesbitt William Armstrong, fourth baronet, died an Korarua, yesterday. He was 78. Born In Ireland, he married Clarice Amy, daughter of Mr. John Carter Hodg-klnson, of Maryborough, Victoria, in 1910.

He is survived by his wife, one son ana one aaugnter. Mr. E. Bell Mr. E.

Bell, a well-known farmer of Warracknabeal. collapsed and died while playing Diiuaros at the mecnanics institute, warracknabeal, on Tuesday, Mr. Bell, who was aged 55. was one of Australia's best-known sheep dog Dreoaers. His dogs won champion ships all over Australia.

His iunerai cook piace yesterday. Parliament TODAY. House of Representatives, 10 a.m.: Broadcast. YESTERDAY. House of Representatives: Payroll Tax Blil and Entertainments Tax Bill passed all stages and House began budget estimates debate.

SENATE. General budget debate concluded and Entertainments Tax Bill introduced. Senate adjourned untlj Tuesday. WELL-KNOWN SUCCESSFUL ond PROGRESSIVE Firm of PRODUCTION ENGINEERS is engaged in extending Its plants and expanding IH fields of operation. Opportunities occur for good men, and positions are open for the following.

PRODUCTION ENGINEER PLASTICS ASSISTANT TO CHIEF ENGINEER DRAFTSMEN, TOOL MAKERS, TOP GRADE FITTERS, MAINTENANCE FITTERS Men with suitable qualifications are invited to consider these opportunities and to write in strict confidence to: THE SECRETARY, G.P.O., BOX 355E, MELBOURNE. News of the Day THE bureau numerically the strongest branch of the Depart-m of National Development is split into six major sections. Above is the coordinating executive echelon, with central offices in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Its missions are expand- By a Staff Correspondent ing, Us significance It was created in its present form in 1946. There are more than 400 employes, including about 250 officers and field assistants liable to be posted to any spot at any time, not knowing if they will be wearing shorts or blizzard suits when they arrive.

More than 200 men are on field sorties for the bureau now, with some contract labor. Up in Bourke Street, their operations are marked by pins scattered over a huge wall map. The best way to obtain an overall view of what is being done is to survey briefly the scope of the six integral sections. They generally work in unison. These sections are: GEOLOGICAL.

This section has more than 100 men who gauge mining prospects by study of surface formations. Frequently they live hard for months on end, tramping uninhabited wastelands. There are specialists in all types of metalliferous and sedimentary deposits, allied with chemists. Using air photography the R.A.A.F. and maps prepared by the National Good Wine AUSTRALIA'S wine industry, one of our oldest and now the fourth biggest primary industry, continues to expand.

More and more wine is appearing on the Australian table. And it is mostly good wine wine which holds its own against the majority of imported vintages. Coming to Melbourne from all over Australia next month are the men who make this wine, hardworking viticulturlsts, very proud of their product They will be here for Australia's National Wine Week, October 5 to 10, when the Federal Vitlcul-tural Council of Australia holds its annual meeting. When the arguments and discussions around the table are finished and the championship show wine exhibits tasted, the delegates, with their wives, will visit one of Australia's most picturesque vineyards. Mr.

E. Furbrick will be host at his historic Chateau Tahbilk, in the sunny Goulburn Valley. Medals MUCH of the history of agricultural and industrial shows in colon-, ial Victoria can be traced through a collection of 37 medals which have been presented to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The medals were awards won by Joseph Nicholson, who came to Victoria in 1S51 and, the following year, founded an agricultural implement manufacturing business in Carlton. In the succeeding years, the business expanded to become one of the most successful local Industries in the colony and the long list of medals awarded its founder at agricultural and Industrial shows was the barometer of its rising fortunes.

Mr. Nicholson's brother, Mr. W. Nicholson, was a Chief Secretary of Victoria in 1859-60 and was lnstru-' mental In securing the introduction of secret ballot legislation for Parliamentary elections. The Nicholson firm was continued for some years by the family after the death of Mr.

Joseph Nloh-olson at the end of the last century but has since gone out of existence. The geophysical section extends its investigations to earthquakes and applying physics to the scientific study of the ocean floor and the upper atmosphere. The Melbourne Seismolo-gical Observatory, near the Shrine, is conducted by the bureau. Soon a new Leet-Blumberg seismograph from the United States, worth 2500, will be installed there. Its sensitivity will respond to the vibrations of distant traffic, of tree roots' microseisms, of the minor earth tremors that shake the city each few days.

The globe's magnetism which aligns ship and aircraft compasses ceaselessly alters in direction and magnitude. Bureau staff observatories to keep the magnetic maps of the Southern Hemisphere up to date. They have Just surveyed Laverton airfield for the R.A.A.F. to locate an area free from magnetic anomalies, so that plane compasses can be "swung" and verified as true. CLOSELY linked to the magnetic studies are probings of the ionised layers of the upper atmosphere, which vitally influence long-distance radio transmission.

This connects with cosmic rays and Antarctic aurorae. Continual observatory work goes on in a network of regional stations at Watheioo (W.A.), Too-langi (Vic), Heard and Macquarie Islands, and Ra-baul. Bureau men may find themselves in New Guinea one and south at Heard Island the next FOOTNOTE: Prospector Jack White found Rum Jungle and earned a 25,000 Commonwealth award by comparing a rock with a color plate In one of the bureau's regular publications. absence in the role of the woman, whloh she manages quite well, and Richard Todd (the gambler) and Leo Genn (a writer on demono-logy) are competent. The support, Never Take No For An Answer, is from Paul Galileo's short story "The Miracle." IT is a pity that Girls In The Night, at the State, should be advertised by such catchlines as "juvenile delinquent There's nothing Juvenile about me For this little study of East End delinquency in New York (it could as easily have been called Boys In The Night) Is neitner saucy nor sugges- It says little on shim being content with the easy suggestion that the best thing to do about slums is to get out of them, and it ends with the usual cops-and-robbers chase among the high-voltage superstructure.

Hut Its picture of the living conditions Is sharply drawn and the cast, (mostly newcomers) performs with convlo- NEW FILMS HEART-BREAKS ON THE RIVIERA TWENTY-FOUR Hours of a Woman's Life, at the Athenazum, is an Associated British production based on Stefan THE COMING OF TELEVISION TT7HILE a rapidly growing list of countries in vV which television is an established feature of dally life gives ample evidence of irresistible public demand, irrespective of race or color, for this new medium, Australia is still oppressed with doubt. But as more and more information from overseas dispels distrust and stresses the benefits of this important agency of entertainment and education it becomes increasingly apparent that its coming is inevitable. The latest Insight into the sociological consequences of television, the result of personal observation and participation, by Professor Browne, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, given on this page during the last few days, leaves no doubt of its place in the future. This revealing first-hand summary by a man of repute in fields inextricably interwoven with television must, convince many who previously were half-persuaded that television was something this country could do without. In pointing to the benefits to be gained by its introduction, Professor Browne does not overlook the difficulties or minimise the question of cost.

He does, however, show clearly that Australia must be prepared to accept television and establish it on the highest plane. He shows that it Is an exacting and expensive science, the success of which depends largely on the way it is handled. In the right hands it has educational possibilities beyond imagination, but when Australia undertakes its operation it should determine from the beginning to have expert tion of the highest quality and the most modern equipment. Investigation has shown that the probable harmful effects of television on the community the discouragement of reading, distraction of children from more useful or healthy pursuits and reduction in advertising standards, among others are. greatly exaggerated and in many cases ill-founded.

But here again, as the professor stresses, so much depends on an enlightened approach and the highest standard of treatment. Indications point to a system of national and commercial operation similar to the present broadcasting arrangement as the most suitable for Australian purposes. With this in mind and a realisation that Its coming is inevitable, that the cost is inescapable and that the effects on the community are not really harmful, public opinion should be prepared for some positive move toward giving Australia the advantages already being obtained by many other countries. Zweig's novel and filmed in and around magnetite, and Tas- Inquisitive PROFESSOR G. S.

Browne, whose three articles on American TV appeared on this page earlier this week, Is an academician who does not believe in obtaining all his knowledge from the text books. He likes to see things for himself, then form his own conclusions. He made his American Journey grimarily to see TV, in the ome, the studio and the school, to note its many faults and equally many good points. And from these hours of work with TV, the white-haired, quietly spoken professor hopes to prepare a comprehensive report for the Royal Commission Inquiring into TV, stressing the needs for the children and undergraduates. One of Australia's best known educationists, Professor Browne has been Professor of Education, University of Melbourne, since 1934.

Among his many achievements are several travelling scholarships, the construction of a magnetic blackboard which does not use chalk and the winning of a Military Cross In World War 1. Harvest A RECENT consignment of dried fruits in 2S0 rail trucks from Mildura and the Woori-nen-Nyah West area is an indication of what promises to be a record harvest, probably not far short of 100,000 tons. The 3790-ton 600,000 shipment, which was loaded on the Xaikoura for export recently, was only one of several large quantities to leave the port of Melbourne. The weather this year has been favorable, following consistent adverse seasons since the war. The exportable surplus is expected to be 76,000 tons.

The United Kingdom will take 60,000 tons, the remainder going to Canada and New Zealand. Westminster Appeal Gifts outs to the Westminster Abbey appeal now total 606. Recent gifts Include 100 from Sir William Angllss, and 50 each from Mrs. S. Balllleu Myer, Sir Alexander anri Ladv Stewart.

Mr. G. 8. Colman. Mrs.

Ernest Poolman, and Miss K. I. niiUCIDUIIj VIUU. South Varra, has given 40. me casinos and churches of the South of ranee.

HE HAS A GOOD REASON FOR SAVING! TS there truth still, in Henry Law son's line "every true Australian has his heart in the Yesterday's People's Day would suggest that the words remain alive and as true as when the bush bard wrote them early in the century. The record attendance reduces every non-Australian agricultural show to the dimensions of a mere country fair. In gross numbers of turnstile-clickers, no Agricultural show on earth packs them In like Sydney or Melbourne's "royal." In terms of population, these mighty pageants of agriculture dwarf all foreign efforts. Nor is public attention concentrated wholly on the interest of the side show, the wood-chops and the arena. All day yesterday cattle and agricultural pavilions were packed with admiring, inquisitive city people.

One beef pavilion attendant told us: "These characters may be city slickers, but they can appraise good beef-steak when they see it" For Children MENTION in this col-. umn of sordid comics in show sample bags prompted the Free Library Service Board secretary (Mr. Gordon Stewart) to remind us at People's Day that his organisation is trying to help children at the show. He said that each of the 56 municipal libraries now functioning under the board had a special children's library of carefully selected books. "Many of the children have told me at the show that they resented these comics in their sample bags and had thrown them away," said Mr.

Stewart. He added that the most frequent visitors to his stand in the administrative buildings were children keen to discuss the books they would like added to their section of the municipal library or others wanting to know how their district could have a chil dren's library. "The best way to fight these detestable comics is by providing children with good books. And that Is what we are doing throughout the State," added lit. Stewart.

To win the girl you want and lead a happy married life, you need confidence in your future. A growing savings account can give you that confidence. Remember nothing is so hard to get or so easy to get rid of as money. Save something every pay-day, for saving brings happiness the happiness of being free of financial worries the joy of planning for the future and making dreams come true. SAVE NOW FOR FUTURE HAPPINESS THE story concerns a woman who, after a sheltered married life, comes upon a young gambler in Monte Carlo who is about to take his life.

Its point, which is that an apparently self-possessed woman could genuinely fall in love in a matter of 24 hours, probably emerged in the book By "The Age" Film Critic as a penetrating observation on emotional behavior. In Warren Chetham-Strode's screenplay, however, it is burled beneath a weight of conventional sob-stuff. The Irony of the ending, when it finally comes, only makes us realise that Somerset Maugham might have done much better in half the time. A cumbersome flashback tchnique, glacial Technicolor and an extraordinary requirement on the heroine to sing I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts when she Is supposed to be happy, do not help. Merle Oberon returns to the screen after a long THE AUSTRALIAN MONT DE PIETE LOAN and DEPOSIT CO.

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