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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr WILSON (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - In view of the inadequacy of the present wheat scheme from the point of view of returns to the growers, has the Minister for Commerce under consideration an alternative method of payment for next season's wheat?

Mr SCULLY - I have always questioned the worth of the present scheme, and when it was before the Parliament, 1. challenged the estimates of what would be the financial position of the pool. My forecast on that occasion has been borne out. I am now investigating a scheme whereby there will be a guaranteed payment on a bushelage basis for at least a portion of the crop that will be sufficient to provide the ordinary wheat-grower with sufficient money to meet his commitments. It is absolutely impossible for him to do that under the present scheme. 1. hope to be able to make an early statement of the Government's future policy on wheat.

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