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Friday, 29 July 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The importations of arrowroot were- 10,860 lbs. in 1913, 19,680 lbs. in 1914-15, 136,493 lbs. in 1915-16, 97,563 lbs. in 1916-17, 99,425 lbs. in 1917-18, 1,689 lbs. in 1918-19, and 4,352 lbs. in 1919-20. The value of these importations was- £230 in 1913, £266 in 1914-15, £1,722 in 1915-16, £1,363 in 1916-17, £1,529 in 1917-18, £88 in 1918-19, and £259 in 1919-20. Arrowroot is grown in Australia, chiefly in Queensland, and the figures refer to the root as taken out of the ground, not the prepared root ready for use. The Australian production was - 10,823,680 lbs. in 1913-14, 7,257,600 lbs. in 1914-15, 4,856,320 lbs. in 1915-16, 8,180,480 lbs. in 1916-17, 9,101,120 lbs. in 1917-18, and in 1918-19, the last year for which I have figures, it was 12,429,760 lbs.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Do the figures represent the production of Queensland?


Senator RUSSELL - They represent the production in Australia, but mostly in Queensland, and they show a very fine development over that period of years.







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