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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mrs BLACKBURN (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - I direct the attention of the Prime Minister to a report in the Melbourne Argus of the 20th June that Queensland sugar-growers are seeking another increase of the price of sugar.

Mr Francis - The last increase was only a restoration.

Mrs BLACKBURN - According to the report, Mr. Hanlon, the Premier of Queensland, is expected to discuss the matter with the Prime Minister. "Will the right honorable gentleman say whether the report is correct? If he proposes to confer with representatives of the sugar industry and other persons regarding an increase of the price of sugar, will he arrange for at least one representative of the domestic consumers to be given an opportunity to take part in the discussions. "Will the right honorable gentleman endeavour to protect domestic consumers not only against an increase of the price of sugar but also against a shortage of sugar for jam-making next summer, as such a deprivation has affected the housewife most cruelly in recent years?

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