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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Mr LAIRD SMITH (for Mr. Greene) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes. Cotton is grown as a commercial crop between latitudes 43 degrees north and 33 degrees south.

2.   All the crops from the experimental plots inaugurated last summer by the Institute of Science and Industry have not yet been picked and the results tabulated, so' that no definite information is yet available. Despite an unfavorable season, however, highly satisfactory yields are being obtained.

3.   Both castor bean and cotton are, to a great extent, drought-resisting plants, but it cannot be said that experience in Australia has demonstrated that any particular variety is more drought-resisting than some grown elsewhere.

4.   Cotton of high quality has been grown in Queensland, but it is not considered that the experience so far gained would justify definite and final comparisons between the quality of the fibre grown in this and other countries. Seeds of varieties regarded as suitable for Australian cultivation are being obtained from other countries for experimental purposes.

5.   When the information indicated above has been obtained, it will be printed and circulated.

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