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Friday, 5 May 1939

Mr Green n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice - 1.What are the names of the representatives of wheat-growers from the various States who will attend the conference to be held in Canberra this week, and what organizations do they represent?

2.   For what reasons were Messrs. E.R. Field (New South Wales), F. M. Cullen (Victoria), and T. H. Powell (Western Australia), who, at a recent conference held in Melbourne, were appointed to represent the wheat industry on the Provisional Council, not invited to attend this conference?

Sir Frederick Stewart - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   During the week consultations were held with certain people engaged in the wheat industry. Mr. E. E. Field, Chairman of the Australian Wheatgrowers' Federation, attended the conference.

2.   The nature of the subject-matter discussed did not require the attendance of more than one wheat-growers' representative at this stage. commonwealth Railways: Profits from Stores Department.

Mr McHugh h asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What were the profits from the sales of the stores department of the Commonwealth Railways for each of the years from 1028-29 to 1937-38 and for this year to date?

2.   To what funds are the profits allotted, and how much was allotted to each in the years mentioned?

Mr Perkins - The information is being obtained.

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