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NOT TO BE PUBLISHED OR BROADCAST BEFORE 6 n.m. DECEMBER 2Qth.

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FARM CONFIDENCE IN 1θ6θ

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY» MR. C. F. ADERMANN

Taking the Commonwealth as a whole, the present season is

likely to be a prosperous one for many farmers who have experienced

good weather conditions. But I am also mindful that there are

certain areas which are facing real difficulties because of

unfavourable weather conditions which have, unfortunately, persisted

for some time.

It is of course true that in a country as large as Australia,

conditions favour different groups of farmers at different times.

Conditions which produce a good season for one group are not neces­

sarily ideal for others. These are the contrasts which those

connected with the rural industries often experience - some in one

year, others in the next.

This year has been notable for some very helpful improvements

in farm incomes from such commodities as wool, meat and dairy pro­

ducts. improved output and better prices for these commodities

have considerably advanced the economic progress of Australia as a

whole.

It has also been an important one in that producers have been

willing to come together to improve research, orderly marketing and

promotion of their commodities. I am glad to see the increasing

realization that Australia's good name and prestige in world affairs

are valuable assets in the task before our primary industries of

holding and improving our markets.

In their very readiness to study market needs and to provide

the types of goods which consumers want, Australian producers and

the commodity boards which represent them are showing enterprise of

a high order. Farming is a big business in Australia today, and

it makes me personally very proud to say that those who are concerned

with it appreciate their responsible role in the Commonwealth's

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prosperity. I believe we are all ready to t ackle the problems of

i960 with new confidence.

In sending you my best wishes for the Christmas Season and the

New Year, I can assure the primary producer that every Australian

will support me. To produce high quality goods which the

Australian consumers and the rest of the world will want, and for

which they will pay fair prices, is the target for i960.

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