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Friday, 26 February 1932

Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - On the 25th February, the honorable member for the Northern Territory (Mr. Nelson) asked me, without notice, whether it was intended to honour the promise made by my predecessor to send a tobacco expert to the Northern Territory, to give instruction to the agriculturalists there. I am how in a position to advise the honorable member that the position is as outlined in the letter of the 18th November, 1931, sent to him by my predecessor. A request was received from the Administrator of the Northern Territory for an expert on tobacco culture to be sent to the Northern Territory. This request was brought to the notice of the Executive Committee of the Australian Tobacco Investigation. The committee considered this request towards the end of last year and decided that an officer could not be made available for the proposed visit during the present season. The committee further decided that consideration would be given to the request when circumstances were more favorable. I shall take the matter up again with the committee.

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