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Wednesday, 15 April 1914

Sir IanHamilton was surprised to find at Liverpool yesterday that the Australian military horses are fed on oats which are imported from the Argentine. He is not the only person who is surprised. Putting aside all patriotic motives, it would seem to be economically sound that Argentine oats should be cheaper to purchase than those which are grown in Australia. It is certain that they are not in any way superior in nutritive value. It is a matter which must have the serious attention of the Minister of Defence. Australia must be selfsupporting. It is ridiculous for a country exporting so much grain to have to import the oats used by the Defence Department.

I desire to know whether the Minister has noticed that paragraph, and, if bo, whether it is correct? Is it the policy of the Government to support the foreign farmer against the taxpaying Australian farmer ?

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