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Friday, 15 November 1935

Senator BRENNAN - The Minister for Commerce has furnished the following replies to the honorable senator's questions : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Commonwealth Government's policy was stated by the right honorable the Prime Minister last night when he said -

The Commonwealth Government, in agreement with the governments of the States, have agreed to joint action in order to secure a home price forwheat. The Commonwealth Governmenthas introduced its legislation for this purpose.

It is essential in order to provide some guarantee) for the wheat-growers for the coining harvest that the main wheat-growing States shall at once introduce their legislation.

So farNew South Wales and Queensland are the only States that have done so. Victoria, I understand, will introduce its legislation next week. Until the other wheatgrowing States have taken action, as agreed upon, the Commonwealth Government is not prepared to announce any policy for the forthcoming harvest.

The Commonwealth Government feels that the governments of the States should shoulder their obligation, and desires to point out that if no provision is made for the wheat-growers for the coming harvest the responsibility for that position will lie upon the States which do not take the action agreed upon.

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