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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - The arrangement in regard to drought relief provides that unless a wheat-grower had sold a crop in 1944 he should not be entitled to receive drought relief in respect of his 1945-46 Crop. This matter is touched upon in a letter which I received from the Premier of Victoria, the Honorable John Cain, from which I read the following extract : -

It was made clear at the Officer's Conference that if the Commonwealth Government decided to meet half the cost of the scheme, it would only be on condition that' the proposed relief payments would be restricted to those farmers who had suffered losses from the drought " of 1944 and who were again seriously affected by the drought conditions prevailing in certain districts during 1945.

The provision excludes ex-servicemen and others who have only just started in the industry. Will the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture confer with the Victorian Government with a view to removing this apparent anomaly?

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