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Wednesday, 2 October 1974
Page: 1575

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) -I ask the Minister for Agriculture: Is he aware that one still receives many requests from both individuals and groups representing sectors of primary industry for details of the dairy industry restructuring program? Can the Minister say what steps have been taken to provide details of the scheme as widely as possible? Are any further proposals being considered to enable all interested in the scheme to fully understand its terms?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Agriculture) - Since the Government's announcement of the introduction of a changed dairy adjustment scheme for the industry in Australia tremendous interest has been shown by the industry in all States. Over the months since the decision was taken I have endeavoured to convey to the industry as widely as possible, through the media and through statements, an explanation of the scheme. It does concern me that even at this stage there still seem to be significant sections of the industry which do not understand what the Government has in mind. As the honourable senator would be aware, the legislation has gone through the Parliament and it is necessary for the Australian Government to co-ordinate its activities for the implementation of the scheme with the various State authorities. That does take time, but I hope that within the next month or two final arrangements can be made with the States for putting the scheme into operation. When it is ready to receive applications my Department will advertise in the media indicating to the industry the necessary steps that can be taken in order to obtain assistance under the scheme.

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