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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr BEATON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - I also ask the Minister for Trade and Industry a question. I refer him to his answer to the honorable member for Lalor on Tuesday last on the subject of the coming referendum on the wool reserve prices plan, in the course of which he defended his neutral attitude towards the scheme by saying -

My attitude is that neither the Australian Country Party nor its parliamentary members should decide what is the correct policy for a primary industry. It has always been the policy of my Party that those who produce, own and sell a product are the best judges of the way in which their own property should be treated.

How does the Minister reconcile that statement and his neutral attitude with his actions in 1951 when he publicly supported a campaign for a " yes " vote in the wool reserve prices plan referendum held at that time?

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