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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr BERNARD CORSER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Information a question based on a cable message published in last night's issue of the Melbourne Herald regarding the " Meet Australia " Exhibition, which opened in London on Tuesday. According to a list of attractions at the exhibition, Queensland is famous- for oranges, sugar, surf, pineapples, bananas and ferns in that order; Victoria is famous for penguins, sheep, fruit, gum trees, coal, koalas, wombats, commerce, Cyprus, dairying, gold, parrots and winter sports in that order, whilst sharks and cicadas are listed for South Australia. Buffalo fly, ticks and other such pests have not yet been located apparently. In view of the report that this exhibition was planned by the British Central Office of Administration in collaboration with the Australian News Bureau, and that the Queensland Agent-General, Mr. Pike, has protested to Australia House asking that the libel of Queensland's wealth and productive capacity, to say nothing of the other -States, be corrected, will the Minister investigate Mr. Pike's protest and institute immediate inquiries as to how the Australian News Bureau allowed such misleading information to be made public, especially in view of the damaging effects to Australia's prestige and migration prospects?

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