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Wednesday, 10 September 1958
Page: 1023

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - No import licences have been given in recent months either for the importation of maize into New South Wales, or for the importation of maize grits. I recollect that in December, 1957, and in January of this year import licences for 2,700 tons were given in order to cover the period from the last New South Wales or Queensland crop to the new crop that was about to be harvested. It was a condition of the import licences that the maize had to be imported prior to the date on which the Australian crop would come on to the market. I give the honorable member an assurance that the interests of Australian producers were not affected, and I can also give him an assurance, for the benefit of the maize industry, that when import licences are being considered, the reasonable interests of the Australian growers will he protected.

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