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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Mr MAISEY (MOORE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I address my question to the Minister for Primary Industry. It refers to the 65% of wheat growers in Western Australia who have been allocated delivery quotas of less than 10,000 bushels, amount ing to approximately 30% of the State quota, and who are now to have these deliveries reduced by 20%. Has the Bureau' of Agricultural Economics been asked to survey this majority of Western Australian growers to ascertain what effect this drastic reduction will have on their economic viability? If the Bureau has not been asked to make such a survey, will the Minister direct it to do so as a matter of urgency before any cloak of legality is thrown over an action which may result in mass bankruptcy? Finally, will the Minister also direct the Bureau similarly to examine the position of holders of quotas above 100,000 bushels and up to 250,000 bushels to determine whether there is equality of sacrifice in a straight cut across the board of 20%?

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