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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member has so far referred only to debates of the present session. That is not in order, and I .direct his attention to the question before the House.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I was going to say that I see no reason why wheat-growers should be treated differently from other primary producers. Honorable members on this side stand for the principle that the primary producer should receive for his products an amount sufficient to cover the cost of production plus a reasonable profit.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the honorable member agree with me when I say that wheat cannot be produced in this country to-day at a cost of under 4s. per bushel? In dealing with the question on the motion for the adjournment, I put before honorable members the facts and figures supplied by a nonparty authority, a Committee appointed by the Government of New South Wales to see what is the cost of the production of wheat in Australia. That Committee decided that wheat could not be grown for less than 4s. per bushel.

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