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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1039

Senator Walsh asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice:

What were the prices at which the British Phosphate Commission supplied comparable phosphate rock and sulphur to fertilizer manufacturers in each Australian State and New Zealand (a) before the end of June 1974 and (b) after the end of June 1974.

Senator Willesee - The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The price of phosphate in each Australian State and New Zealand was:

(a)   $17.33 per tonne up to 30 June 1974, and has been

(b)   $35.97 since 1 July 1974.

The British Phosphate Commissioners are not principals in the supply of sulphur but act as managing agents for the Sulphur Purchasing Associations in Australia and New Zealand.

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