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Wednesday, 17 July 1946


Mr POLLARD - A total of 396,000 bushels of oats was exported' last year, which is 100,000 bushels more than was exported in any other of the last ten years.


Mr McDONALD (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - That may be so, but there was never a time in the history of the world when our oats was so badly needed on the other side of the world or when sales could have been made to such good advantage. I remind honorable members, too, that growers of oats and hay were urged by this Government to increase their production last year, and the Government even commandeered oats from racehorse owners; yet those who sowed a bigger area to oats last year than formerly were; in fact, thrown to the wolves after having incurred the expense of harvesting their crops. It is true that the Government fixed a ceiling price at £6' 10s. a ton for hay; but it did not fix a floor price. The result has been that growers of hay have been compelled to accept as low as £2 15s. a ton for hay, which is an absolutely unpayable price. That was done because these growers were unorganized, whereas the wheat-growers were organized.







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