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Thursday, 24 June 1937

Senator E B JOHNSTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Did the Government promise that it would not permit the wool-growers of Australia to suffer any loss as a result of the recent trade diversion policy?

2.   If so, is it the intention of the Government to accede to requests made by the wool section of the Primary Producers Association of Western Australia and the Wheat-growers Union of Western Australia for compensation for losses incurred by wool-growers during the recent absence of Japanese buyers from the Australian woo! sales ?

3.   If not, why not?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Acting Prime Minister has supplied the following answer to the honorable senator's questions : - 1, 2 and 3. Certain claims for compensation were made by the Wheat-growers Union of Western Australia. The Government gave careful consideration to the representations made, but could find no sound grounds on which any such claim could be based. A comprehensive reply was forwarded to the Wheat-growers Union of Western Australia by the Acting Prime Minister in May last, a copy of which I now lay on the Table of the Senate.(SeePapers.)

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