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Wednesday, 18 November 1914

Senator STORY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ascertain whether the attention of the Leader of the Government has bees called to an article in the Evening Journal, published in Adelaide, on the 16th November. I do not propose to read the article, but the writer alleges that Yacca gum is one of the principal ingredients in the manufacture of picric acid, which is being used very largely by Germany to destroy the Allies; and that during the six months ending July last something like 1,200 tons of this commodity were exported from South Australia, the greater portion of it going to Germany. I desire to ask whether the attention of the Leader of the Government here has been called to the. article, whether he knows anything of the facts alleged therein, and if they are true, whether he will endeavour to take steps to prevent the exportation of any more of this very dangerous article at the present time.

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