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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The answers are as follow : -

1.   The importation of potatoes from New Zealand for food purposes under special conditions was stopped in February last, owing to the presence in New Zealand of the destructive disease powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea). This action was taken with the view of protecting the potato industry of Australia, as the planting of such potatoes after admission, with consequent spread of the disease, could not be prevented.

2.   Yes.

3.   The Prime Minister of New Zealand suggested that the Government send a Commonwealth officer to New Zealand to inspect pota- toes available for shipment, the consignments passed by this officer to be allowed entry into Australia. As this proposal was not an effective way of overcoming the difficulty, it was not accepted.

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