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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I note that after question time yesterday the Minister for Primary Industry tabled the first of the reports which, in accordance with statute or custom, he tables in respect of each financial year. The reports were those of the Australian Wool Bureau and the Flax Commission.

Since Australia's economy depends so largely on income from exports, and since this Parliament has the constitutional responsibility for trade with other countries, I ask the Minister when he expects to table, as he is required to do by statute, the no" less important annual reports of the Australian Meat Board, the Australian Dairy Produce Board, the Australian Egg Board, the Australian Wine Board, the Commonwealth Dried Fruits Control Board, the Australian Apple and Pear Board, the Australian Wool Testing Authority, and the Wool Research Committee. I also ask the Minister when the Division of Agricultural Economics will publish its reports on the pig-meat situation and the egg situation, which are the only ones of its valuable reports on individual primary industries that it has not yet produced this year.

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