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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr LEMMON (Forrest) .- A lot of humbug has been talked about the 1945-46 crop. The honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull) said that the farmers had entered into certain commitments, and if they were to honour those commitments it was necessary that they should receive the full market price for the 1945-46 crop. The general principles of the proposed stabilization plan were known to the farmers before the last harvest. Therefore, before the harvest . was reaped, the farmers would know that they should not enter into commitments that would leave them in financial difficulties. Moreover, very few farmers were likely to enter into commitments before September last on the basis that they would receive for their wheat 6s. 7d. a bushel f.o.b., or 5s. lOd. at sidings - prices higher than any received during the last twenty years. The honorable member for New England (Mr. Abbott) mentioned drought. The farmers who suffered from the effects of drought last vear should be supporting the Government's stabilization proposal, because those who had a good crop in that season are the very one3 who will be contributing most to the stabilization pool. The honorable member for Warringah (Mr.-

Spender), with all his legal humbug, tried to prove that the Government's proposals were invalid.. As a lawyer, he should support the sanctity of contracts, and the Government's stabilization proposals are the outcome of a contract entered into between it and the Australian. Wheat Growers Federation. The agreement of the representatives of the federation is recorded in the minutes of that body. The 1945-46 harvest was included in the scheme because it was agreed to by the representatives of the wheat-growers themselves.

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