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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr POLLARD (LALOR, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Primary Industry whether, in 1949, wheat was produced at 7s. Id. a bushel and sold at that figure. Is it a fact that, in 1949, the present Prime Minister promised the people of Australia that costs would be stabilized and value put back into the £1? Is it a fact that now, in 1957, the cost of production of wheat is in the vicinity of 13s. 2d. a bushel, and the home-consumption price 14s. Hd. a bushel? As wheat is the basic feed used in the poultry industry, is not the high home-consumption price the real reason why Australian egg-producers are now in such dire difficulty?

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