Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 17

Mr ROBINSON - I refer the Minister for Primary Industry to the proposed Commonwealth dairy reconstruction scheme and ask: What progress has been made towards the finalisation , of arrangements between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government concerning this important project? When is it expected that New South Wales farmers will be able to participate in the scheme?

Mr SINCLAIR - My understanding is that all States, except Victo'ria, have agreed to the introduction of this scheme. Consequently, the New South Wales Government should be able to get it under way fairly soon. It is regrettable that this legislation, which was introduced by my predecessor so long ago, has taken so long to be implemented, particularly in an industry which for such a lengthy period has been subject to overseas market fluctuations and also to fluctuations in the return to producers. This is an industry which depends substantially upon government assistance, particularly from the Commonwealth Government. For these reasons I hope that it will be possible for the one government now outstanding to join in the scheme and for the scheme to be implemented as quickly as is possible.

I know that the honourable member for Cowper has a particular interest in this problem because of his association with a dairying area of New South Wales and I can assure him of my personal sympathy towards the problems that the dairy farmers in his area face.

Suggest corrections