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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - What the honorable member refers to as the division of powers between the Australian Wheat Board and the State bulk handling authorities exists under a system that has operated for about twenty years now. If we are to judge the efficacy of the system upon our experience in connexion with the last crop, which was a record crop, we must admit that the handling was done very capably and that there was general satisfaction with the way in which that wheat was received.

The honorable member mentioned quality. That is a matter about which there might be some division of opinion. The State bulk handling authorities have a monopoly over the storage of wheat and are paid for the service they render in storing it and maintaining its quality. I do not know that these authorities have, if I might use a common phrase, delivered the goods in every instance, but I am quite sure that the Australian Wheat Board has done its best to discharge its responsibility to ensure that quality is maintained, especially in all deliveries for export

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