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THE LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

FEDERAL PRESIDENT: '

MR. R.J. SOUTHEY, C.M.G. _

DIRECTOR: MR. B.G. HARTCHER, O.B.E. .

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT

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F r o m T he H on. M alcolm F r a s e r , Μ. P . , L ib e ra l P a r ty S p o k esm an on P r im a r y

In d u s try

T h e M e m b e r f o r W annon, M alcolm F r a s e r , in com m enting on th e G o v e r n m e n ts d e c isio n to extend th e W heat S ta b ilisa tio n p ro g ra m m e f o r a f u r t h e r y e a r , s a id

to d ay th a t th is m e a s u re w as ta k e n b e c a u se th e G o v e rn m e n t w a s n o t w illin g to in tro d u c e th e p lan s th ey r e a lly en v isag e in th e days b e fo re a p o s s ib le e le c tio n

l a t e r th is y e a r , e s p e c ia lly a fte r S e n a to r W re id t's sp e e c h in P a r i s .

M alco lm F r a s e r sa id a ls o th a t w ith r e g a r d to the ru m o u re d a b o litio n of th e

b u tte r and c h e e se su b sid y , h e found i t h a rd to b e lie v e th a t th e C om m onw ealth could ta k e su ch a s t e p and a b o lish th e su b sid y in one s tro k e , b u t th e a n ti - r u r a l

d e c is io n s of th e G o v e rn m e n t have b e e n so m any th a t th e p o s s ib ility can n o t be d isc o u n te d .

"We know v e ry w ell th a t th e T r e a s u r e r is s tru g g lin g to find th e m oney to pay

f o r m any p ro m is e s w hich la rg e ly affe ct th e c it i e s . T he a b o litio n of th e su b sid y

and o th e r r u r a l s u p p o rt is c e r ta in to be exam in ed a s a p o ss ib le m e a n s of

fin an c in g th e ir p ro m is e s in o th e r a r e a s . M r. W hitlam h a s s a id a s m u ch . "

JUNE 15, 1973.