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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Did he observe a statement in this morning's Press emanating from Sir Alan Westerman, addressing a meeting in Melbourne, to the effect that during a certain period when the general cost level in Australia rose by 140 per cent., the prices of primary products rose by only 70 per cent, to 80 per cent, and in which the distinguished author offered to the Australian primary producer the statement that his solution of that situation was increased efficiency? Will the Minister take the matter into immediate consideration, especially as the basic wage tribunal is at present assessing the effect on the Australian economy of a rise in the basic wage; and will he take such steps as are necesary to ensure to the primary producer an increase in the prices of his products more proportionate to the general increase in cost levels?

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