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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - On the 18th September last the honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. Crouch) asked the Minister for Markets the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Was Mr. Ambrose Pratt commissioned by the Government to investigate rice-growing and possibilities of imports into Malaya?

2.   Did he represent that Caloro and Colusa rices are not liked by the Malays, and are unsuitable for export to them?

3.   Did he report that China, Japan, Malaya and many islands of the East Indies no longer produce enough rice to feed their people and are obliged to import?

4.   Are the Caloro and Colusa rices almost entirely the varieties produced in Australia?

5.   Is there a difficulty in marketing the surplus Australian rice crops this year?

6.   Does he propose to take any steps to encourage the growth of varieties acceptable to countries which have to import rice?

I now desire to furnish the following replies to the honorable member's questions : -

1.   Advantage was taken by the Government of Mr. Ambrose Pratt's visit to the East last year to ask him to make inquiries regarding the rice-growing industry.

2.   Yes.

3.   No.

4.   The Caloro variety of rice is practically the only variety grown in Australia. Very little of the Colusa variety is now grown.

5.   Inquiries made bymy department have elicited the information that there will be no difficulty in marketing the surplus Australian rice crop this year.

6.   I am bringing to the notice of organizations, such as the Rice Marketing Board of New South Wales, the irrigation authorities of New South Wales and Victoria, and the Murray River Advisory Committee, all the information obtainable regarding the varieties of rice acceptable to countries having to import rice.

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