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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr DAVIES (BRADDON, TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industry. I preface it by reminding the Minister that there are now about 30 war service land settlement farms vacant on King Island and that settlers are leaving at the rate of one a fortnight. I now ask whether the Government has formulated any plans for using these vacant properties to strengthen the existing farms or for permitting exservicemen who failed to signify their desire for a farm within five years of discharge to take up vacant properties. If not, will the Government consider putting up for public auction farms that remain vacant, so that the economy of King Island will be sustained and so that the vacant farms will not revert to nature, as would otherwise inevitably happen in this region of high rainfall?

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