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Tuesday, 29 November 1938

Sir Henry Gullett asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   What has been the average price paid for wheat f.o.b. Williamstown, for each of the past ten years? 2. (a) In which of these years have bounties been paid upon the production of Australian wheat ? (b ) how much a bushel has the bounty amounted to?

3.   In the years in which the bounty has been paid upon wheat by the Commonwealth Government, how much in each year of the total sum paid has been drawn from consolidated revenue and how much has been raised by a flour tax ?

Sir Earle Page - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The average f.o.b. Williamstown prices for the past ten years are as follows: -


2. (a) Financial assistance to wheat-growers in Australia was paid in each of the years 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1930; (b) In 1932, a payment of 4½d. a bushel was made; in 1935, a payment of 3d. a bushel was made. In 1933, 1934, 1930, grants were made to the States to assist growers. In 1935, in addition to the payment on production, an acreage payment of 3s. an acre, and a special grant to relieve distressed growers, were also made.

3.   The sources of funds to provide these payments is have been as follows: -


Manufactureof Aeroplanes in Australia.

Mr.Scholfield asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

In view of the danger in time of war to manufacturing concerns in Great Britain, will he consider offering a special inducement to aeroplane companies to establish factories in Australia?

Mr Lyons s. - Certain proposals regarding the manufacture of aircraft in Australia are at present receiving the attention of the Government which is fully seised with the importance of the matter.

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