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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 322

Senator McLAREN - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. I ask: In view of the recently completed sale of wheat to the value of $50m to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics followed by a statement by the Minister for Primary Industry that Australia could find itself in an embarrassing situation regarding wheat stocks, is it now the Government's intention to review wheat quotas immediately?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The wheat quota system was introduced some 3 seasons ago. It originated in the Australian Wheatgrowers Federation. This body has made each year a recommendation to the Minister for Primary Industry. This year it made a recommendation that the quota throughout Australia be 407,000,000 bushels. It will be up to the industry itself to make recommendations to the Minister as to whether it wants that quota increased or decreased for next season. On present indications it looks as if at the end of November there will be a carryover of about 57,000,000 bushels of wheat.

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