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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr FROST (Franklin) (1:28 AM) .I wish to refer briefly to the method by which this money is distributed. Every eligible person who applies for a subsidy receives it at the fixed rate of 10s. a ton, irrespective of the value of the artificial manures he employs. Men who pay anything from £10 to £18 a ton for manures, such as nitrate of potash and sulphate of ammonia, receive only 10s. a ton, whereas producers who use superphosphates, costing perhaps not £4, also receive 10s. a ton. This, in my opinion, is wrong in principle. If persons who pay only £4 a ton receive 10s. a ton in subsidy, it would be. equitable if persons who pay £16 a ton for their manures received £2 a ton in subsidy. The present method of distribution is wrong. A majority of the primary producers whom I represent derive very little benefit from this subsidy, 'because they are compelled to use the more expensive fertilizers. In these circumstances, I suggest that an investigation be made with a view to paying n higher subsidy on fertilizers, which are more expensive than superphosphates.

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