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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - Mr. Speaker,I am glad to be able to advise the honorable member that this year, the producers of tobacco leaf and the manufacturers of cigarettes and tobacco were able to agree for the first time on a schedule of grades and a schedule of relative prices within those grades for the sale of Australian produced tobacco. The first sales have been held within the course of the last few days and I have been advised by the secretary of the tobacco board that it is satisfied with the sales. I think the honorable member will be very glad to hear this because he did play a quite important part last year in bringing the two parties together and in arriving at a successful conclusion. 1 do not know what prices were paid because as yet 1 have not received a telegram about it, but as soon as the board advises me I will let the honorable member know.

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