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Friday, 23 September 1949

Mr FALSTEIN (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As the whole quantity of non-arsenical sulphur required for the. superphosphate industry in Australia isbeing imported from the

United States of America at a cost of £3,000,000 annually, can the Prime Minister say whether raw sulphur of this kind is available in the sterling area? Is it true that sulphur has not so far been purchased for soft currency because the price of American sulphur was onethird less, and superphosphate carries a government subvention? Since devaluation of the Australian pound as against the dollar has had the effect of raising the price of American sulphur, will the Prime Minister instruct the chairman of the dollars committee to suspend immediately further imports of sulphur from the United States of America?

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