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Tuesday, 23 March 1965

Senator BENN (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Has an endeavour been made in the past six months by the Department of Primary Industry and other interested bodies to stabilise the tobacco growing industry in the Commonwealth? Can the tobacco growers in the Mareeba district, Queensland, be assured that this year they will not be required to transport their tobacco leaf from their farms to the tobacco auction rooms and then back to their farms because of unsatisfactory prices? Is it now possible to compel tobacco manufacturing companies to use all the tobacco leaf produced in the Commonwealth in the manufacture of cigarettes and tobacco available to the local market?

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