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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I noticed a statement in one of the Melbourne newspapers along the lines referred to by the honorable member. I think it was reported to have been made by Mr. Meehan. I would be somewhat surprised if there were any disruption caused by persons interested in the wheat industry seeking to upset the stabilisation scheme. The honorable member asked me whether I thought the suggested threat might be associated with the wool reserve prices referendum. I should think that the contrary would probably be the case because I see many sheep owners today growing wheat because of the stability of the wheat industry. They are seeking to take advantage of the generous stabilisation proposals that have been introduced by this Parliament and which the Government strongly supports. Of course, I would be concerned if I thought there was any real move to upset the stability of the market but I do not think anything will be done that will affect the market to any extent.

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