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Superphosphate Subsidy



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P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

MALCOLM FRASER, M .F. MEMBER FOR WANNON

AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT OFFICES 400 FLINDERS STREET MELBOURNE, VIC. 3000

TEL 622 521 EXT. 83

PRESS RELEASE THE HON. MALCOLM FRASER, M.P

7th June, 1974.

In recent months, there have been traumas about superphosphate.

The abolition of the subsidy was announced and then, because of

industrial stoppages, it became in very short supply.

However, I am advised that supplies are now available quite

freely. .

It is certain that the price must go up at the end of the year

because the Government has made it plain that the subsidy will

not be continued. Other wage costs are bound to have a

slghiTfi'cant" rmpact"”olF"the-price"of""""supe'rphospha'te. It could

rise by anything from between twenty and thirty dollars per ton

I have been told that super in polythene bags will keep without

going hard although that would certainly need to be checked.

I have also been advised that it can be stored for considerable

periods in bulk.

If people are able to do so, it would be only sensible to take

advantage of the present ready availability of superphosphate,

and store it for later use. It would help to lessen the impact

of inevitable cost increases, even if the handling was slightly

more difficult.

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