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Thursday, 8 August 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - Will the Prime Minister have prepared a return showing the cost to dairymen,' graziers, orchardists and other land-holders of the restoration of their dairies, pastoral properties, orchards, &c, to the state of productivity that existed at the 30th June, 1941, in the terms' of the present-day costs of materials, wages, live- stock and other necessaries?

Mr CHIFLEY - Even assuming that there has been deterioration of some properties, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to prepare a return of the kind mentioned by the honorable member.

Mr Archie Cameron - No more difficult than the other return which the right honorable gentleman has promised to have prepared.

Mr CHIFLEY - It would be much more difficult, because the basis of it . would be the deterioration of individual properties, whereas the position in regard to loans made by banks, trustee companies and pastoral companies can be readily ascertained by an examination of their books. I know that deterioration has occurred on some properties because of the inability of the holders of them to obtain fertilizers. I remind the honorable member that the fertilizers available have been supplied to primary producers at a considerable reduction on market costs; in other words, they have received a substantial subsidy in that regard.

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