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Wednesday, 19 May 1965

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Cus toms and Excise. Will the Minister briefly inform the Senate of the Government's policy in regard to the flax industry in Australia? Is it the policy of the Government that all of Australia's flax requirements in the future will be imported? Is the estimated cost of importing Australia's flax requirements £800,000 per annum? Does the Minister agree that the encouragement of flax production in Australia could relieve this drain on our overseas balances?

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