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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 3737

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) (Minister for Northern Development and Minister for Northern Territory) - I accept the comments made by the Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party (Mr Sinclair). However, I think he would agree that if there were a violently fluctuating domestic price in the stabilisation scheme - say, if the present domestic price were $3 a bushel - there would be serious political repercussions among the people who consume most if not all wheat sold for Australian home consumption. They are predominantly the lower and middle income groups who consume bread, meat and poultry foods. I do not disagree with the principle. In fact it has been shown time and again that the difference between the domestic price and the world price is a significant factor in proving one way or another who subsidises what.

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