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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Dr Cass (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 18 October 1977:

(   1 ) What is the current breakdown in expenditure from the Tobacco Industry Trust Account for research and extension.

(2)   What percentage of this expenditure went on (a) tobacco plant diseases, (b) tobacco marketing, (c) tobacco manufacturing processes and (d) research which could be described as aimed at reducing the harmful effects of smoking, during the last five years.

(3)   What percentage of this Trust Account is provided by the Commonwealth Government.

(4)   What are the other sources of revenue for the account.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

(1)   The following are the 1977-78 allocations from the Tobacco Industry Trust Account to the States for research and extension:


(2)   1 refer the honourable member to my reply to question No. 1 135 by Dr Klugman printed on page 1690 of Hansard of 5 October 1977.

The answer given for that question would be relevant for the past rive years.

(3)   As with other rural industry trust funds, the Commonwealth provides matching funds equal to expenditure of industry contributions from the Trust Account. In 1976-77 the Commonwealth provided $373,300, which for that year was 35.5 per cent of the total income of the Trust Account

(4)   Other sources of revenue for the Trust Account were from- levies paid by growers on all Australian tobacco leaf sold to a manufacturer levies paid by manufacturers on all Australian tobacco leaf purchased direct contributions from the State Governments of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland income from rents, sale of produce and assets interest on investments.

The statement of receipts in the 22nd Annual Report of the Tobacco Industry Trust Account for the year ended 30 June 1977, which was tabled in this House on Wednesday 26 October, shows the following:


The abnormally high figure for income from rent, sale of produce and assets reflects the proceeds of sale of the Tobacco Research Institute, Mareeba, Queensland and some of its equipment

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