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Thursday, 26 November 1959


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   What quantity of wheat was held in storage in Australia at the latest date for which this information is available?

2.   What is the present capacity for the bulk storage of wheat?

3.   What method of storage is used in respect of wheat in excess of the quantity for which bulk storage is available?

4.   What acreage was sown with wheat during each season from and including the year 1954-55?

5.   What quantity of wheat is required to meet the present annual requirements of the Australian community?

6.   What quantity of wheat was exported during each year from and including the year 1954-55, and what were the countries of destination in each of these years?

7.   What was the average price obtained for wheat each year from and including the year 1954-55 in respect of (a) export and (b) local sales?


Mr Adermann - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   67,134,000 bushels at 18th November, 1959.

2.   The present capacity for the bulk storage of wheat is about 250,000,000 bushels.

3.   The storage capacity is adequate for normal requirements with a reasonable margin. Emergency storage was erected in some States in 1954 when it was necessary to hold record stocks of wheat.

4.   -

 

5.   Out of deliveries to the Australian Wheat Board, about 60,000,000 bushels are required for home consumption. In addition, about 16,000,000 bushels are normally retained on farms.

6.   Exports of wheat by destinations since 1954-55 are shown in the following table: -

 

7. (a) Average export values of wheat for each fiscal year since 1954-55 have been, per bushel, f.o.b.:- 1954-55, 14s. 4d.; 1955-56, 13s; Id.; 1956- 57, 13s. 2d.; 1957-58, 14s. 6d.; 1958-59, 14s. Id. (b) Basic wholesale prices of wheat for home consumption for each season (December-November) since 1954-55 have been, bulk f.o.r. ports, per bushel:- 1954-55, 14s. lid.; 1955-56, 13s. 5id.; 1956-57, 13s. 9id.; 1957-58, 14s. 4o\; 1958-59, 14s. 8d.

Flour.


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Primary Industry -

1.   What quantity of Australian flour was exported in each year from and including the year 1954-55, and what were the countries of destination in each of these years?

2.   Is the Australian flour milling industry at present working to- full capacity; if not, to what extent is it employed?


Mr Adermann - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Flour exports by destinations since 1954-55 are shown in the following table: -

 

2.   No. Taking Australia as a whole the flourmilling industry is at present working at about two-thirds capacity.







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