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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - 1 am sure that there are opportunities for the production in Australia and for the marketing overseas of medium-hard and hard wheats. I think, too, that they could complement the sales of what are called f.a.q. wheats, which are produced so abundantly in Australia. I should like to say to the honorable member that within the course of the next two weeks a bill will be presented to the House dealing with wheat research, and that I propose to state just what is hoped will be achieved by the wheat research vote in developing medium-hard and hard wheats for sale in Australia and overseas. There is a second point I should like to make to the honorable member about wheat, because it has been in the public eye lately. Australia is a low-cost producing country, as my colleague, the Minister for Trade, when he was Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, pointed out. If we could get diversifications of f.a.q., medium-hard and hard wheats, then, if there were not the great difficulty at present encountered because of the North American surplus disposals, I should be inclined to think that we could have a seller's market for Australian f.a.q., medium-hard and hard wheats.

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