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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2116

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister for Agriculture: Following the Prime Minister's statement that an inquiry will be undertaken by the Industries Assistance Commission into stabilising farmers' incomes, can the Minister state what are the terms of reference submitted by the Government to the IAC? Were they discussed with the leaders of the Australian Farmers Federation to obtain their views?

Senator WRIEDT -I think it extremely unlikely that the Australian Farmers Federation would have wanted to discuss the terms of reference with the Prime Minister, who is the Minister responsible for the Industries Assistance Commission.

Senator Young - With the Government.

Senator WRIEDT -Well, with the Government. I imagine that the leaders of the Australian Farmers Federation were only too pleased to know that the Government had decided to send the matter to the IAC. This is the first positive step that has ever been taken to implement an income stabilisation scheme for farmers in this country. The terms of reference are sufficiently wide to enable the Commission to exercise its discretion as to the suggestions it brings forward to the Government. I am not sure about the making public of the terms of reference. I will have to refer that question to the Prime Minister. If he sees fit to make them public I am sure that he will do so.

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