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Friday, 21 June 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - At page twelve of the publication, Australian Trade Commissioner Service, issued by the Public Relations Directorate, Export Division, Department of Commerce and Agriculture, this statement appears -

The question of the acreage to be sown in Bengal with jute in 1940 has been recently reviewed in the light of the food situation at present obtaining in the country. As a result of this review, it has been decided that -

(a)   an acreage of6 annas of the basic acreage of 1940 should be licensed this year;

The production of jute being of importance to the wheat and wool-growers of Australia, will the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture state what that means? If it applied to any member of the Ministry, I could understand what it meant; but I do not understand its meaning in connexion with acreage.

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