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Thursday, 24 September 1936


Senator McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable senator advised me of his intention to ask these questions, so I am now in a position to reply to him as follows : - 1 and 2. Yes. Realizing the importance of this matter, the Government has been in touch, forsome time, through its officers in America, with the latest developments in connexion with mechanical cotton-picking. Recently the official secretary in the United States of America visited the Tennessee cottongrowing district near Memphis to see the Bust cotton-picker in operation. The official secretary states that this picker is the closest approach to a successful machine yetdevised, but that there are still certain mechanical defects. Hd adds that the manager of the United States Government Cotton Fool estimates that the value of cotton harvested by the Rust machine may be lowered by$3 a bale. It is understood that two of the machines are now being used in Russia. The price of the machine is quoted at $1,995 f.o.b: Memphis. Full information has been supplied to the Queensland Cotton Board.

3.   If further detailed information now being made available by the official secretary in the United States of America justifies such action, the Commonwealth Government will give consideration to the question of whether financial assistance should be made available to enable the machine to be imported.







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