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Thursday, 22 September 1949

Mr POLLARD - The Government has received a request from various interested parties in Western Australia such as fruit-grower's organizations, and also from the Minister for Works and Hous ing, the Western Australian Government and other people in Western Australia, requesting that we operate this year a scheme similar to that which was operated jointly by the Commonwealth and the Western Australian Government last year. Apparently, as the result of the reply that I gave to a question that the honorable member for Wilmot asked recently, I received a communication from the Minister for Agriculture in Tasmania expressing interest in my announcement that favorable consideration will be given to the Western Australian proposition and seeking the terms and conditions under which the Australian Government will be prepared to enter into a scheme in respect of Tasmania. At this juncture I can only say that the Australian Government has not yet made a decision on the matter that the honorable member has raised. When such a decision has been made, it will be conveyed to him and to interested parties in both Western Australia and Tasmania.

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