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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The shortage of wire for oyster farming is identical with the shortage of fencing wire that is being suffered at present by primary producers. In 1959, there was more wire than the manufacturers could sell and they sought export markets. Having secured them, they agreed to supply 'those markets. At the beginning of 1 960, as everybody knows, there was an unprecedented demand for fencing wire. Of course, the manufacturers could not forego their contracts, but they have been speeding up production and trying to make up the leeway so that they can supply the Australian consumers. I do not think they have yet achieved that objective; but the Department of Primary Industry has investigated1 this matter and will do everything possible to help primary producers as well 'as oyster farmers to obtain the necessary wire.

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