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Thursday, 4 May 1939

The full story of the Tasmanian potato racket was exposed to the Daily News last night by two United Australia party parliamentarians. Mr. R. B. Walker and Sir Frederick Stewart. They attacked the Federal Government for its part in the scandal.

Tasmanian growers have been hiding millions of potatoes in underground pits to keep Sydney prices famine high," declared State member for potato-growing Hawkesbury, Mr. Walker. "Now they have flooded the market to choke the New Zealand growers out. The Prime Minister and Mr. Bell, M.H.R., are both concerned in a shocking scandal," he charged. " They both represent big potato-growing electorates in Tasmania."

I am disgusted to think that a gentleman who would lend his support to such utterances is now representing the Minis ter for Commerce in this chamber.

Sir Frederick Stewart - The honorable member knows that I did not make those statements, yet he still persists in directing attention to them.

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