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Friday, 12 July 1946

Mr BERNARD CORSER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - In March last, representations were made to the Prime Minister, on . behalf of the Australian sugar industry, for a subsidy on £667,000 worth of jute goods imported up to the 30th June, 1945. The request was rejected, but consideration of a later claim in respect of importations after the 30th June, 1945, was indicated. As representations have now been made for a subsidy on jute imported during the laterperiod, I ask the Prime Minister whether the Government will, give the request sympathetic consideration in view of the fact that other industries, including the wheat and wool industries, receive a subsidy, and also that the present sugar crop has been depleted severely by flood, cyclone, frost and drought.

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