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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Mr WILSON - Is the Minister for Commerce aware that since the announcement of the new wheat plan, financial institutions such as banks, trustee companies, and others have been increasing the rents of wheat-growing properties in new agreements ? In the interests of growers, and in order to ensure that the benefit of the scheme shall not be offset in that way to the disadvantage of growers, will the Minister discuss with his appropriate colleague or colleagues the question of issuing a regulation to prevent this practice?

Mr SCULLY - I have received information from trustworthy sources that there ha3 been an inclination on the part of the institutions referred to by the honorable member to take advantage of the stabilization of our primary industries since this Government assumed office. I shall take the matter up with the Treasurer and the Attorney-General to see whether protection cannot be given along the lines indicated by the honorable member.

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