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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Mr CORSER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   If it is a fact that a very large portion of the Commonwealth of Australia is in similar latitudes to those in which cotton is grown in various parts of the world?

2.   If it is a fact that experimental plots of castor beans grown in Queensland have returned between £10 and £20 sterling per acre per annum?

3.   If it is a fact that drought-resisting cotton and castor beans can be grown in Queensland?

4.   If it is a fact that better cotton can be produced in the Commonwealth than in Egypt, and at much less cost, if settlers were instructed as to the class of seed and how to grow it?

5.   If so, will he cause a pamphlet of instructions to be compiled and issued as to the best varieties to grow, and the best methods of cultivation, and the most up-to-date method of planting, cultivating, and picking?

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