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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1   . How many registered wheat-growers are there in each of the States, and Territories of the Commonwealth ?

2.   For how many acres are they licensed in each case?

3.   On what information was his statement based that there are 00,000 to 70,000 growers?

Mr Scully - The answers to the honorable member's questions- are as follows : -

1.   The numbers of wheat-growers licensed vary from season to season. For 1940-47 the figures (including . share-farmers and licences on. temporary wheat farms) are: New South Wales, 23,323; Victoria, 17,088; South Australia, 1.5,023; Western Australia, 8,509; Queeusland, 4.1.85; Tasmania, 200; Australian Capital Territory, 28; total, 68,942.

2.   The area's licensed for grain for 1946-47 are: New South Wales, 5,224,000; Victoria, 3,554,000; South Australia, 3,080,000; Western Australia, 3,065,000; Queensland, 590,000; Tasmania, 4,000; Australian Capital Territory, 3,000; total, 15,525,000.

3.   ' On the figures for the period 1942-43 to 1945-46 given- in the Commonwealth Statistician's summary of the wheat situation, January, 1946, showing licences for the period mentioned as varying from 62,000 to 69,000.

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