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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I think the forced sales taking place in some districts because of drought conditions, and also an oversupply of lamb on the United Kingdom market, have brought about the reduced prices. With regard to deficiency payments under the fifteen-year meat agreement, the Australian Meat Board considered this matter at its September meeting and chose to make no recommendation that such deficiency payments be made at present. The board decided that those payments would be made, commencing with the lamb season next year, should it be necessary. Of course, if deficiency payments are made, I presume that they will be made on the basis adopted for beef producers; that is, the payments will be made to the exporters.

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