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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) . - I li "d desired to address myself at considerable length to the important matter of drought relief for the dairying industry and other primary industries in Queensland, but owing to the condition of affairs in the House to-day .1 shall content myself by reading an urgent telegram that I. have received from the Council of Agriculture in Queensland. Tt reads -

Queensland Council Agriculture representative organized farmers in conference to-day request you make effort prior return Queeusland secure definite announcement Federal Government's intentions regarding special drought assistance Queensland dairying industry in view extension drought conditions all dairying areas. Such announcement urgently needed enable dairy-farmers maintain their struggle prevent disaster to industry.

In view of the seriousness of the drought in Queensland, and the importance' of the ' dairying industry, I ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) to assure me that lie will' have a. special inquiry made at once, that he will provide special assistance for the dairying industry, and that he will do all in his power to relieve the very trying circumstances in which the dairy-farmers i'1 Queensland find themselves to-day: I appreciate that, at the moment, his attention is occupied by many important matters. Nevertheless. I ask. him particularly not to close this House or to leave Canberra until he and the Ministers associated with the administration of the agricultural industries have .made adequate provision for this relief, because of the serious results of drought.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill' read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without -i.rncndm.ent or debate.

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