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Friday, 1 May 1936

Senator Collings - And the maize which those companies use is grown by black labour.

Senator LECKIE - Yes. To-day's price for Australian maize is 4s. 4d. a bushel. The market is on the up grade, so if the price -increases by ls. or ls. 6d. a bushel, or if the price for English maize falls substantially, the existing margin in favour of Australian glucose will be destroyed, and the local industry seriously jeopardized. The Australian manufacturers employ about 300 fullypaid hands, and their wages bill is approximately £60,000 a year. The industry is an important one, and in the interests of growers and manufacturers, the position should be closely watched. I have grave doubts whether if the Australian price for maize increased to any extent, the glucose industry could survive unless a larger measure of protection were given to it.

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