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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4730


Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an article by Mr E.J. Donath, Lecturer in Economic Geography, in the 'Age' of 18November 1974.

(2)   If so, does Mr Donath claim that wheatgrowers' income is likely to be $l,000m in 1974-75; i.e., 170 per cent more than in 1972-73.

(3)   If so, is this estimate correct; if not, what is the real position.

(4)   Does Mr Donath also claim that the gross value of all crops grown in Australia in 1 974-75 is estimated at $2, 850m; i.e., 80 per cent more than in 1 972-73.

(5   ) If so, is this estimate correct, if not, what is the real position.

(6)   Does he also claim that potato growers will more than double their 1972-73 income.

(7)   If so, is this estimate correct; if not, what is the real position.


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

(1)   The Minister's attention was drawn to the article by Mr E. J. Donath in the 'Age ' of 1 8 November 1 974.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   In September 1974, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics estimated the gross value of the 1974-75 wheat crop at $851m compared with $357m for 1972-73. A revised estimate, which will take into account the possible effects of the September devaluation and revised estimates of production from this season's wheat crop will be published in midDecember 1974. These figures however, are not the same as gross income. The Bureau of Agricultural Economics does not publish figures of wheatgrowers' gross income in a particular year due to problems arising from the timing of pool payments and the income earned from other farm enterprises by a wheatgrower.

(4)   Yes.

(5)   In September 1974 the Bureau of Agricultural Economics estimated the gross value of rural production of all crops in 1974-75, at $2,605m compared with 51,591m for 1972-73. A revised estimate which, amongst other things, will take account of the effects of the September devaluation and revisions to estimates of production from this season's harvests will be published by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics in mid -December 1974.

(6)   Yes.

(7)   In September 1974, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics estimated the gross value of potato production in 1974-75 at $109m compared with $49m in 1972-73. These estimates are for the gross value of production and do not incorporate changes in the prices or volume of inputs used by farmers in producing potatoes.







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