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GOVERNMENT FUDGES ON IRAQ COMPENSATION

"The Federal Government is deliberately fudging the issue of losses suffered by the Australian wheat industry resulting from UN sanctions on Iraq, and the subsequent Gulf war," Peter Fisher, Member for Mallee, Acting Shadow Minister for Primary Industry

said today.

He said that no other inference could be drawn from the fact that Primary Industry Minister Kerin on the same day issued two press releases which were totally contradictory. His first statement said " that the Government has decided not to further contribute to the wheat industry for losses due to the Iraq sanctions.

In a second release he said " the question of compensation for losses from Australian compliance with UN trade sanctions against Iraq will be considered at a later date "

Mr Fisher said he was in no doubt that the first statement

correctly reflected the cabinet decision, while the second was aimed at deflecting criticism of the Prime Minister, once again breaking a promise.

"I call on the Prime Minister to reaffirm his undertaking that no sector of the Australian economy will be asked to bear the burden for our commitment to the Gulf."

"Wheat growers are owed this money and it must be made available without the additional burden of debt to the industry."

"The industry needs confidence and cash flow to ensure that adequate plantings of wheat are made to service our international markets."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PHONE 06.2774417 MARCH 12 1991

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