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Thursday, 18 September 1958
Page: 1371

Mr WHEELER (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In directing my question to the Minister for Primary Industry, I refer to representations which I have made to him during the past few weeks on behalf of maize growers in the Hawkesbury valley, in my electorate. I ask the Minister whether he has any comments to make in addition to his previous statements on this subject. More particularly, I should like to know under what circumstances licences were granted to import maize from South Africa. Is there any substance in the allegation that this permission to import whole maize was used as a cover, or to improper advantage, by breakfast food manufacturers and others to import several thousands of tons of processed maize in the form of maize grits? Will the Minister investigate this situation, which is causing concern in my electorate? Will he also state that no further imports of maize or processed maize will be approved during the Australian growing season?

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