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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr HAMILTON (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture a question that is prompted by the remarks regarding the supply of farm machinery made by Government members during the debate, that we have been engaged in for the last few days. Has the Minister's attention been directed to the acute shortage of farm implements and machinery and other farm requisites in Western Australia? Will the Minister inform the House of the number or quantity, as the case may be, of the following items available for distribution in Western Australia and in Australia as a whole : - Tractors, headers, harvesters, seed drills, combines, fencing wire, rabbit netting, sheep netting, steel post, galvanized iron, galvanized piping and 5-in. ball-case piping? Can the Minister give any assurance of an improvement in the immediate future of the supply position, regarding those farm requisites?

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