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Thursday, 17 February 1977

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Has the Minister for Primary Industry noted in the publication of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Trends in Australian Agricultural Commodities; Farm Costs and Farm Incomes, issued in December 1976, that real income per farm will have fallen from $ 1 5,900 in 1973 to $5,700 in 1976-77. That is, this financial year real income per farm is anticipated by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics to be only 36 per cent of what it was in 1973 and, by a long way, the lowest since that year. As the Minister clearly implied when in opposition that suitable policies would overcome the fall in farm income, will he outline what policies he has in hand to lift the seriously depressed level of farm incomes?

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