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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Supplementary to the question asked by the right honorable member for Cowper, I ask the Minister for Primary Industry: Is it a fact that both Lysaght Proprietary Limited and Rylands Brothers (Australia) Proprietary Limited have declined this year to supply the netting of small mesh required by the oyster industry since the tray production of oysters was instituted? Although we have the pious hope of these companies that they will some time in the future be able to supply this need, is the present position that the industry is required to obtain the whole of its supplies of this kind of netting from overseas? If so, will the Minister bring pressure to bear on these companies to ensure that the needs of the oyster industry are included in their programme of production for the coming year? Finally, will the Minister agree that for the industry to be forced to import woven netting is economically unsound and contrary to the Government's professed concern at the unsatisfactory condition of our overseas balance of trade?

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