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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Mr J R Fraser - My question, which ls directed to the Minister for the Interior, refers to my earlier representations seeking drought relief for farmers in the Australian Capital Territory and in particular to the recent announcement by the Prime Minister of additional financial assistance to be provided by the Commonwealth through arrangements with the State Governments of New South Wales and Queensland in respect of advances for fodder purchases, subsidies on the carriage of fodder and stock by road and rail, the return of stock from agistment and the restocking of properties. I ask the Minister whether the Government, in its own Territory, will now provide similar forms of assistance to farmers and graziers and particularly soma dairy farmers who because of the drought have had to send stock away on agistment and have fodder transported by road from more favoured districts in New South Wales.

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