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Tuesday, 11 April 1961

Mr ADERMANN - The responsibility for deciding the percentage of Australian tobacco in cigarettes rests not with me but with the Minister for Customs and Excise. I can assure the honorable member that I have arranged to discuss this matter with my colleague this week. Overproduction is primarily a matter for the growers. I know that the growers in northern Queensland are concerned about this, and in fact have initiated a move in relation to it. That move has my blessing.

However, I think that the problem of overproduction should be recognized by growers in other States as well. I hope that they will face up to their responsibilities.

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