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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - In regard to the arrangement made by the Minister with the British-Australasian Tobacco Company that itshall pay an average price of 2s. 3d. per lb. for this year's tobacco crop, as against an average price of 3s. per lb. last year, which on a 6,000,000 lb. crop would represent a saving to the combine of £225,000, were the growers consulted, and was the arrangement made with their approval?

Mr GULLETT - The arrangement was made not only with the BritishAustralasian Tobacco Company, but with all Australian buyers of tobacco leaf and manufacturers of pipe tobacco. No definite price has been actually fixed. On earlier occasions I gave an undertaking in this House that the Government would endeavour to arrange that, under the new duties, as much of this year's crop would bo purchased as would have been purchased under the old duties, and that any pronounced fall from the prices paid last year would be prevented. The Government has secured from all the companies concerned an undertaking that they will pay an average price of not less than 2s. 3d. per lb. over their total Australian purchases of tobacco leaf.

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