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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- The Minister's statement is too thin. There are ample methods available for the protection ofour producers. If imported seed is impure it should be kept out altogether. I have had some experience in regard to lucerne seed. A friend of mine was growing it in the Hunter River district, and although he was prepared to sell it for1s. per lb., ho could not find a market. At that time the market price was 2s. 6d., but when I approached those who controlled the commodity and told them that my friend was prepared to sell' it to them at1s., they informed me that they had made their own arrangements for buying, and did not want his seed. Although my friend tried hard in a number of towns as well as in the cities, he could not get the wholesale buyers to take his seed, for the simple reason that they had made their own arrangements for supplies.

Senator de Largie - Is that cheap . seed still available?

Senator GARDINER - I am speaking of what happened a couple of years ago, but I shall be glad to give the address of my friend to any one who is interested. He was prepared to sell his seed at1s., but could not find a market for it.

Item agreed to.

Progress reported.

Senate adjourned at 11.3 p.m .

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