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Tuesday, 9 March 1971

The PRESIDENT - A quorum is present.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I thank the honourable senator for endeavouring to keep an audience here for me while I am speaking about a very important industry. Other problems must be faced by the industry in the future. Senator Milliner referred to the possibility of Britain's entry into the European Economic Community. However, despite all these problems I believe that the industry has a bright future. If current prices are maintained the industry will develop. There is no certainty that there will not be further expansion when the world market is enlarged. The important point to keep in mind is that the sugar industry is keeping a large population in the coastal area of north eastern Australia, and that is very desirable. We hope that this situation can be maintained for a long while to come. I have very much pleasure in supporting the Bill and I hope that it will have a speedy passage.

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