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Thursday, 4 October 1956

Mr LESLIE (MOORE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, directed to the Minister for Trade, refers to the very alarming statement made the other day by the chairman . of the. Australian Wheat Board, Sir John Teasdale, regarding the disposal of a huge quantity of wheat by America to India. He described this action as blatant dumping in a market which is natural to Australia. Is the Minister aware, of this statement, and of the incident to which it refers? Is he aware, also, that the statement has created, very great alarm among those engaged in the wheat-growing industry? Can the Minister give the House any information which will alleviate that alarm, remove the fear of the wheat-growers and counter the growing opinion that the United States administration is, apparently, prepared to sacrifice the economic interests of any of its friends so long as its own interests are secured?

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