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Thursday, 21 May 1942

Mr ABBOTT - - Has the attention of the Minister for Commerce been drawn to a statement in to-day's Sydney Morning Herald that wheat-farmers at Griffith take strong exception to the proposal to pay only 3s. 6.1d. for last season's wheat crop of 153,000,000 bushels? Can he say whether it is a fact, a3 stated at a meeting of farmers held at Griffith, that the original legislation provided that all wheat grown for sale on licensed areas must be delivered to the Wheat Board, and that a former Minister for Commerce (Sir Earle Page) gave an assurance that if the wheat marketed from licensed areas exceeded the quota, the excess would be marketed when practicable and the proceeds paid to the growers ?

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