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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr WILSON (Wimmera) .- The honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron), has, as usual, discovered a mare's nest; and his arguments have fallen to the ground. I have received the following letter with respect to a conference that was held in the heart of his electorate: -

I understand that Mr. Archie Cameron is to attack the Scully plan in the House. In the circumstances, the enclosed resolution is interesting. Resolution as follows: -

That conference supports the new wheat proposals, which provide for a payment of 4s. a bushel country sidings for the first 3,000 bushels, and 2s. a bushel country sidings, as first advance on all wheat over 3,000 bushels. Payment on delivery. Surplus realizations above 2s. advance to be paid to growers when the wheat on which an advance has been made has been sold.

The conference concerned was held at Wanbi, in the heart of Mr. Cameron's district, and was attended by 40 delegates from a radius of approximately CO miles around Wanbi. The conference directed that the resolution should be sent on to you, and I understand that it was telegraphed direct to Mr. Scully.

So much forthe popularity of the present plan.

The right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page) has indicated that he gave some sort of an undertaking, to the effect that the production last year in excess of 140,000,000 bushels covered by the guarantee would be marketed in a separate way, and that growers would be reimbursed according to realizations. Examination will disclose that it would be a physical impossibility to separate the wheat, and that the only possible means is to spread the payments over the whole of the crop. That was recommended by the conference which discussed the matter last year. It was composed of representatives of the wheat-growers, the

Department of Commerce, and the Australian Wheat Board. That is what has been adopted by the present Government.

The allegation has been made by the honorable member for Barker that there is a possibility of some person whose record will not bear examination being appointed to a certain position under the control of the present Government. If the honorable member has positive knowledge of that kind he is in duty bound to report the matter to the Government. I am confident that if such a report be made the Government will take whatever action may be necessary.

Debate interrupted under Standing Order 257b.

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