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Friday, 9 August 1946


Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Last April, there were extensive floods on the lower north-coast of New South Wales, and the fencing of many farmers was washed away. I understand that supplies of wire and wire netting, were made available from Army stocks to the -flood- relief committees set up by the Government of New South Wales, and were distributed among the farmers. I have been informed, however, that the Army has repossessed a considerable quantity of the wire and wire netting that was released recently from its stocks, and has diverted it to the use of the occupation force in Japan. If that has been done, will the Minister for the Army ensure that further supplies will be provided as soon as possible - to those farmers who. for more than four months, have suffered damage because of" floods, and have not been able to obtain their requirements ?







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