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Tuesday, 1 July 1941

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the priceof superphosphate has since the outbreak of war, Been increased by £1 6s. a ton, making a present price of£418s.6d a ton in Western Australia, and similarly in the other States ofthe Commonwealth?

2.   Is it a fact that thesuperphosphate companies have forecast to their customers a further increase of about £2 a ton in the price of superphosphate, to be imposed in the immediate future?

3.   Is it a fact that the Government of New Zealandhas borne the whole of the increase in the price of superphosphate in New Zealand sincethe outbreak of war?

4.   Will the Government give similar relief to our primary producers?

5.   If not, why not?

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