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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr COUTTS (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Acting Minister for Primary Industry a question supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for Riverina. Is the calculation of the cost of production of wheat based on the estimated average yield of 17 bushels per acre? Has the actual yield per acre increased in recent years until in 1964-65 it reached 20.9 bushels per acre? If the yield per acre has increased, was this fact taken into consideration when it was decided to increase the price under the stabilisation scheme by 7d. per bushel? As more than £40 million has been paid in subsidies to the wheat producers since 1960, will the Minister give consideration to the payment of a subsidy to flour millers with a view to preventing the suggested increase of 2d. per loaf in the price of bread, an increase which will impose a very great hardship on bread winners whose basic wage is pegged by industrial tribunals?

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