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Wednesday, 21 March 1928

Senator CRAWFORD (QUEENSLAND) (Honorary Minister) - The answers to the honorable senator's- questions are as follow: -

1.   Almost all the lint produced from last year's Queensland seed-cotton crop was purchased by Australian manufacturers. Approximately one-third of this lint has been used to date.

2.   This year's crop is expected to produce about 13,000,000 lb. of seed cotton, as against 7,059,000 lb. last year. It is understood that Australian manufacturers have not yet arranged to buy any of this season's lint.

3.   Last year apparently, manufacturers purchased lint on the expectation of a larger trade than has since ' occurred, and now have sufficient of last year's lint to cover their requirements for some time to come.

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