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Wednesday, 23 September 1942

Senator FRASER (Western AustraliaMinister for External Territories) . - I promised to obtain an answer to the question asked by Senator Lamp this afternoon with respect to the Government's plan for the rationing of superphosphate. The Minister for Commerce has now supplied the following answers : -

At its meeting on lst-2nd June, 1942, the Australian Agricultural Council unanimously agreed that the following plan shouldbe adopted for the rationing of superphosphate in 1942-43:-

(1)   From 1st July, . 1942, sales of superphosphate in all Stales would be under the control of departments of agriculture. No superphosphate can be sold without the authority of the Department of Agriculture.

(2)   Certain crops would be given priority, and growers would be enabled to purchase the quantities considered necessary for the production of these crops which included potatoes, vegetables, vegetable seeds, blue peas, navy beans, berry fruits, flax, cotton and tobacco.

(3)   Crops other than the priority crops listed above are not entitled to full rations. The precise quantity of superphosphate to be allotted to growers of other crops is a matter for determination by the Department of Agriculture in each State.

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