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Friday, 9 March 1928

Senator GUTHRIE (Victoria) . - I hope that the Government will agree to the request and thus avoid discrimination against Java. I wish to show honorable senators the importance of our export trade with the Dutch East Indies. The values of some of our exports to that country last year were : -


The total amounted to £2,000,000.

Senator Kingsmill - It ought to be four times that amount.

Senator GUTHRIE - I agree that there is room for a considerable expansion. I have been puzzled by the very serious decline in the value of our exports of preserved milk. In the year before last they were valued at £451,000. There must be some reason for the falling off. If we were to discriminate against the Dutch East Indies as the schedule proposes, there would be a grave danger of our exports to that country declining, particularly in regard to flour, butter and preserved milk, which are very important items.

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