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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In making the announcement of the Government's decision upon the report of the committee of inquiry appointed by the Government I think I assured the dairy industry, as I assured members of this House, that the Government is prepared to honour its agreement with the industry in respect of the present five-year stabilization scheme. That scheme will have another twelve months to run from 1st July next, and obviously, as part of our promise that we were prepared to meet the industry - and we will be here as a government to make the necessary arangement with the industry after the next election - we will consider a renewal towards the termination of the present five-year scheme. It is not for me or the Government at this stage to commit ourselves to any arrangement in advance, because naturally the industry will have its views, and the States are to a degree concerned in this five-year arrangement because they always come in on the price aspect and have given certain powers to the Commonwealth in that regard. Therefore it is not possible at this stage to commit the Government or anybody as to what might be included in a new five-year stabilization scheme. Let me say that this Government recognizes that the basic necessity of the dairy industry, and indeed of any primary industry in which it can be achieved, is stability; and that is the basis upon which we will approach a further five-year scheme.

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