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Friday, 1 May 1936

Senator BRENNAN (VICTORIA) (Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce) - On the 24th

April, Senator Uppill asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Has the Federal Government agreed with all the States as to the method of distribution of the 1935 season wheat bounty?

2.   If so, what is thebasis of distribution in each State?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The methods to be adopted by the respective States in the distribution of funds under the Wheat Growers Relief Act 1936, are as follow: -

New South Wales.- Distribution to be made on an acreage basis with provision for increased payments to those wheat-growers who suffered losses on account of adverse seasonal conditions, and whose yield of wheat was below the normal average yield for the State.

Victoria.- £50,000 for relief of wheatgrowers in respect of losses sustained on account of drought, hail, storm andflood. Approximately £200,000 for payment of ls, 8d. an acre of wheat sown. The balance by means of a contribution towards transportation and freight charges incurred by growers in the sales of their wheat.

Queensland.- Approximately £32,000 to be distributed on an acreage basis and the balance in the form of a graduated payment to compensate growers whose yield an acre was less than the average yield for the State owing to adverse seasonal conditions or other circumstances beyond the grower's control.

South Australia.- The bulk of the money to be distributed on an acreage basis with provision for special payments to growers who have suffered hardship as a result of reduced yields during the 1935-3G season.

Western Australia.- Approximately £232,000 to be distributed on an acreage basis, the balance of £161,000 to be used for sustenance to distressed farmers particularly in those areas which have boon seriously affected by drought.

Tasmania.- The whole of the money to bts distributed on an acreage basis.

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