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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I remind honorable members that the practice of giving information to Ministers when asking questions is contrary to the rules governing the asking of questions; also that the practice of asking a Minister whether he is aware of certain things which is merely a means of telling the Minister something. Honorable members should read the Standing Orders and frame their questions in such a way that the Chair will not so frequently have to call them to order.

Mr BLAIN - In view of the report by Dr. Cook, a noted expert on power alcohol, that it is difficult to produce power alcohol economically except from tropical crops, will the . M inister for Supply and Development see that our efforts in this field are concentrated upon the', utilization of crops grown in our tropical regions, viz., certain roots, including sweet potatoes, and sugar cane, and thus aid in the development of the northern parts of Australia?

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