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Wednesday, 11 April 1973

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister rep resenting the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What examination has the Government undertaken of the combined Government and industry sponsored programs of research for rural industries.

(2)   Will the Government give a commitment that it will continue the previous Government's policy of substantial support for research in these areas.

Dr Patterson - The Acting Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The Government is not bound to the policies of the previous Government for assistance to rural industries. Existing Commonwealth and industry sponsored programs of research for rural industries are being reviewed and decisions will be made in the light of the present circumstances in each industry.

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