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Tuesday, 5 May 1936

Senator McLEAY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

Is the report correct that, owing to constitutional difficulties, the States have been compelled by the Commonwealth Government to distribute the whole of the amount of the grant to wheat-growers on an acreage basis; if so, does the Government propose to continue making payments to sowers of wheat whocannot grow it efficiently or economically.'

SenatorBRENNAN- The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answer : -

No. It is true there are constitutional difficulties associated with the distribution by States of a bounty on production, but they may distribute funds in any other manner they consider necessary. The methods adopted by the States have already been furnished in a reply given by me to Senator Uppill on the 24th April.

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