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Friday, 15 June 1906

Mr CONROY (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to know from the Minister of Trade and Customs if his attention has been drawn to the following statement made by the Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, and published in this morning's Age: -

This legislation is uselessand unnecessary, and whoever framed the regulation either knows nothing about the matter, or else has some reason of his own for doing so. The effect of it will be to place the importation of seeds in the hands of a seedsmen's trust or combine, while smaller importers and individual amateurs will be absolutely prohibited from getting their seeds from abroad.

I wish to ask the honorable gentleman whether, in view of this statement of the evil effect of the regulations under the Commerce Act, he will see that they are amended.

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