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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr RICHARD FOSTER (Wakefield) . - I have had a conversation with the Prime Minister as to the position of South Australia in connexion with this scheme. I understand that the Premier of that State has telegraphed to the Prime Minister to the effect that South Australia does not intend to commit itself to silos as part of a bulk-handling scheme. The silo scheme is absolutely a bulkhandling provision; if it is not, it is a wasteful proposal. If the South Australian Government satisfy the Prime Minister that they will adequately protect the wheat in South Australia by some other equally effective measure, will he undertake to come to terms with them ? If he will give me that assurance I shall not offer any further objection to the Bill, and shall not move, as I had intended, that after the word " silo," in clause 7, these words shall be inserted : "or other such structure as may be equally effective."

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