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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) (12:50 PM) - The honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly) has raised a point with respect to peanut oil. 1 should have thought that the right honourable member for Fisher (Mr Adermann) would have had something to say very strongly on this. 1 cannot accept the logic of the statement by the honourable member for Wakefield that, just because there has been high protection before and because there are now going to be phased in over a number of years duty free imports of peanut oil, it therefore is good. What about the established peanut growers in north Queensland, in the tableland and Mareeba area? They may not have been protesting to the honourable member for Wakefield but they have been protesting to me. They are established growers. What is going to happen to them? That is not taken into account. 1 just cannot follow the logic of the honourable member's argument, because on the one hand he is saying that local production must be supported and on the other he seems to be saying thai it is a very good thing to get free imports of peanut oil without any tariff protection at all. This will do harm to the industry in Queensland. As I see it, his argument is illogical. Me is arguing again for free trade.

Mr Kelly - No.

Dr PATTERSON - Yes, it is a free trade argument. Oil seeds are grown in Australia and therefore the honourable member is saying that there will be a greater production of margarine. He is saying that we should produce less buller and eat more margarine.

Mr Kelly - I did not say that.

Dr PATTERSON - Surely that is the end result. I do not agree with the Government's decision to allow free entry of peanut oil.

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