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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 2009

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(6.23) —I must point out that the change that has been made is that the subsidy or the levy-whatever honourable senators want to call it; we know the Tasmanians do not like to call it a subsidy-is restricted to that cost differential, that cost from Portland- Geelong to Tasmania. However, growers complain about the subsidy altogether and always have. They claim that the subsidy should come out of Consolidated Revenue . That is not what has been changed. The flour millers and the Flour Millers Council of Australia complained and asked that the freight subsidy between Portland-Geelong and Tasmania be introduced.

Senator Walters —They don't complain any more than Kelloggs complain. We get all their goods down there at the same price.

Senator GRIMES —One minute ago Senator Walters was saying the growers complained . The growers do not like the subsidy at all. The mainland flour millers do not like the advantage that Tasmania gets.

Senator Walters —They don't get an advantage.

Senator GRIMES —They do complain considerably. That is why the changes were made . That is why the Government made that decision.

Senator Walters —The Department needs a brush up.

Senator GRIMES —If anyone else but Senator Walters said that I would be worried. The good senator sits here all the time talking about departments and all the public servants and that nobody knows anything but her. I am afraid I do not believe that at all.

Bills agreed to.

Bills reported without amendment or requests; report adopted.