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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Dr Patterson (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) n asked the Minister for Primary Industry upon notice -

1.   What was the average cost of production of sugar produced in Queensland compared wilh the average price received for sugar for the No. 1 pool for each pf the years 1964 and 1965?

2.   What arc the estimated figures for 1966?

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

1.   Information on the average cost of production of sugar in Queensland in 1964 and 1965 has not been published. The average prices paid to Queensland producers for No. 1 pool sugar in 1964 and 1965 seasons were $98.20 and $85.25 respectively per ton 94 net titre.

2.   In regard to the average price to he paid for 1966 season's sugar, it is as yet loo early for any official estimate to have been made. Cane crushing will not commence until late May and sales cannot be expected to be completed until early 1967.

Convention on Discrimination in Education. (Question No. 1661.)

Mr Reynolds s asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   When does he expect to answer Question No. 1252 which I placed on the notice paper on the 15th September 1965?

2.   Have the State Governments been asked to state their attitude to the Convention referred to in the question? If so, when?

3.   What Slates have replied?

Mr Harold Holt - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows -

In December 1965, the States were all asked whether they agreed with the Commonwealth's suggestion that it should ratify the U.N.E.S.C.O. Convention against Discrimination on Education. This proposal was put to the States on the basis of the final text of the Convention; there had been earlier exchanges of views on the basis of draft texts. Final replies from two Stales are awaited. As soon as the attitudes of all the States are known it will be practicable to give a complete answer to Question No. 1252.

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