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Friday, 1 May 1942

Senator FRASER (Western Australia) (Minister for External Territories) . - Earlier in the sitting, Senator Johnston asked me, as the Minister assisting the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

What prices have been guaranteed by the Government for potatoes and other vegetables in each State of the Commonwealth?

The Minister for Supply and Development has now furnished me with the following answer : -

Prices have not yet been fixed for potatoes, but the matter is being considered by the Prices Commissioner and will be the subject of an early announcement. With regard to vegetables, no general arrangements have been made relative to a price guarantee. Arrangements are made with individual growers for the production at firm prices for the specific needs of the fighting services. These prices must, of necessity, fluctuate to some extent in accordance with the climatic and other conditions prevailing throughout the Commonwealth.

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