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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1295

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Agriculture whether he recalls my questioning him regarding the reason one margarine manufacturing company was granted sole right to produce margarine in the Australian Capital Territory and so commenced the breakdown of decisions made by the Australian Agricultural Council. Can the Minister refer me to any statement he has made which will explain the reason for that preference being given? Does the Minister recall my question whether financial contributions influenced that preferential decision? Has the Minister noted the charge in several leading Australian newspapers that the Australian Labor Party has accepted thousands of dollars from a multi-national margarine manufacturer? As the Prime Minister and other Ministers have charged that political parties, other than the Australian Labor Party, receive financial support from large corporations, is the Minister prepared to make a statement to the Senate which will clear his party of this charge, or is he unable to do so?

Senator WRIEDT -I ask the honourable senator to place the question on the notice paper.

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