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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1099

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) -In reply to the first question asked by Senator Webster, it is true that the question of what is profitable, what is viable, is a matter of judgment. One cannot lay down any specific criteria by which such an assessment can be made. Under the previous scheme and, of course, under this one the Commonwealth will need to rely on the State authorities as the agents of the Australian Government. It must be a matter of judgment between the officers concerned and the owners of the farms. I think Senator Webster would appreciate that one cannot define that precisely. One can only ensure that officers who do this work are reasonable in their approach. If the officers consider, in conjunction with the dairyman himself, that there is a good chance of viability being maintained after assistance is provided under this scheme, the dairyman ought to be given the assistance provided for.

As to the second matter, I must confess that I did not understand clearly what Senator Webster was getting at. If he is happy for me to inform him in writing later on what he has asked, it is perhaps best if we do that so that we know precisely what we are talking about.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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