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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2117

Senator SHEIL (QUEENSLAND) - Can the Minister for Agriculture assure the Senate that the rural industry inquiry will not delay consideration by the Industries Assistance Commission of an application on behalf of Western Australian new land farmers for the continuation of the superphosphate bounty? Has the Government requested the Industries Assistance Commission to report on that application before the bounty ends on 31 December? Will the new inquiry include a general review of the bounty?

Senator WRIEDT - The Prime Minister has requested the Industries Assistance Commission to take into account the effects of the use of phosphate on the stability of incomes of farmers. That is peripheral to the basic reference. With regard to the earlier part of the question, the Prime Minister has also specifically requested the Commission not to interfere with any inquiries it is currently undertaking in view of this fresh reference. In other words, the references already before the Commission will proceed in their normal way.

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