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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - Australian pearl shell production was lower last season, in the aggregate, than in the previous year, by about 17 per cent. Queensland production was higher by about 22 per cent., but that of the Northern Territory and Western Australia was lower. That was due, in the main, to two reasons an unfavorable market for the lowergrade shell, and discoloration which caused bad underwater visibility. The survey by the pearling lugger " Paxie " has been extended to Queensland. Indeed, it was when the vessel was on the way to Thursday Island only last Wednesday week that it had a mishap owing to climatic conditions, and it is now undergoing repairs.

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