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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2776

Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the following question of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Which (a) Senators and (b) Members of the House of Representatives received payments under any Commonwealth rural subsidy scheme during each of the last 5 years.

(2)   What was the amount received in each case.

Mr Grassby - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Provision of the information requested would involve detailed examination of records of all rural subsidy schemes, involving a great number of individual transactions administered in some cases through nongovernment organisations - for example, the butter and cheese bounty is paid to individual producers through factories. A comparison would have to be made with lists of Senators and Members of Parliament because they would not be identified as such in the payment records. There could be no certainty that the information would be fully accurate and comprehensive, when the possibilities of partnerships, private companies, etc., are taken into account.

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