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Friday, 11 September 1942

Senator FRASER - The Minister for Supply and Development has supplied the following answers : - 1 and 2. The machinery set up to handle the details of administration in connexion with potato production functions within the jurisdiction of my colleague, the Minister for Commerce, who has supplied the following information : -

Contracts for the main crop of potatoes for 1942-3 are still being made with growers by the Australian Potato Committee. Figures showing the final results will not be available for some time, but preliminary reports show a fairly satisfactory increase in projected plantings. So far as the two largest potatoproducing States are concerned, the figures for Tasmania indicate an increase of 50 per cent., and for Victoria, 47 per cent., over last year's acreage.

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