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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr WHEELER (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Com moree and Agriculture aware of the position of stockfeed consumers who are being supplied with poor quality wheat both bagged and in bulk and who- are required to pay top price for this inferior grain? If f.a.q. wheat cannot be supplied to stockfeed consumers, will the Minister endeavour to see that the price be reduced in accordance with the quality supplied ?

Mr McEWEN - Prom time to time I have had complaints of the supply of substandard wheat to stockfeeders, particularly poultry farmers, allegedly at f.a.q. price. When such incidents are brought to my notice I take the matter up with the Australian Wheat Board. Adjustments have been made from time to time. If the honorable member will bring to my attention any particular cases of this kind, I shall be glad to discuss them with the Australian Wheat Board. The general principle is that poultry farmers shall not pay for sub-standard wheat the price that is charged for f.a.q. wheat.

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