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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Mr McMAHON - We have been giving further consideration to the question of drought relief. Already the Prime Minister has announced that we are prepared to support State Government budgets to permit them to give carry on finance up to a limit pf about $6,000 a man in the case of necessitous farmers. At the moment we are also considering some proposals that have been made by the New South Wales and Queensland Governments. These are designed to ensure that adequate finance is available to the small farmer for restocking purposes. I can assure the honorable member that the proposals he has mentioned are receiving our most careful attention and I hope within the next few days to be able to make a comprehensive statement on the position.

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