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Thursday, 7 November 1946

Mr RANKIN (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - W ill the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture make an authoritative statement to the House on the terms of the wheat agreement made with New Zealand? I ask this because of the anxiety of the wheat-growers and other persons interested in the wheat industry, and of the contradictory statements that have been made on the subject by Ministers of both the Commonwealth Government and the Government of New Zealand.

Mr POLLARD - No wheat has been shipped to. New Zealand up to date other than that sold, at a price agreed upon between the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture and the Australian Wheat Board. Any future commitments made either by the Government or the Australian Wheat Board will be the subject of a statement in this Parliament.

Mr RANKIN - In view of the conflicting statements made by Ministers of the Australian. Government and of the Government of New Zealand, will the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture lay on the table of the House a copy of the wheat agreement between the two countries?

Mr POLLARD - I have already dealt with thi? question.

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