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Tuesday, 2 April 1957
Page: 385

Mr McMAHON - 1 regret to say that I have no recollection of a question to me b\ the honorable gentleman, but if the honorable member for Mallee says that he did ask one I am certain that he did. I can only assume that in the rush of recent events a follow-up was overlooked. These problems have been examined frequently by various governments, and generally the conclusion reached has been that it is nol possible to devise, on an actuarial basis, a scheme of disaster insurance that could cover most of the primary industries without payment of very high premiums. So far as the specific content of the honorable gentleman's question is concerned, particularly as it relates to New Zealand, I must say that I did not know that the New Zealand Government had prepared such a scheme, but I will make certain that the Department of Primary Industry investigates that matter and I shall convey any further information about it to the honorable gentleman.

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