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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Minister for Trade relates to the new clause that has been inserted in the International Wheat Agreement under which deals associated with the disposal of surplus wheat are to be recorded. Is it a fact that large traditional markets have been lost to Australia by the dumping of American and Canadian wheat which is sold under noncommercial terms? For example, I understand that our sales to India have dropped from 35,000,000 bushels annually to about 500,000 bushels annually. Is it a fact also that surplus wheat is sold to the consumers in the under-developed countries at the same price as commercially sold wheat? Is it intended that the Internationa] Wheat Council will try to limit noncommercial trading, or will it merely record such deals?

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