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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2641

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) -We are dealing with a matter of great importance to this industry. In the statement which the AttorneyGeneral (Senator Murphy) put before the Senate he used the words: 'making an amount of $Sm available'. But as far as I know there is no assurance in this statement anywhere- I ask the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) to alert me to it if it is there- that the $5 will be paid to assist this industry. Under the words which the Government has used it is quite possible to pay $250,000 as a payment and, in actual fact, that could be the only payment that is made. I would like the Minister to convey to the Senate whether $5m will be an amount not only available but also paid as compensation to this industry.

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