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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2186

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. In view of statements being made by the Leader of the Australian Country Party, Mr Anthony, that the beef industry is in need of $200m carry-on finance, can the Minister say whether those statements are borne out in representations made to him by spokesmen for the beef industry?

Senator WRIEDT -I think I indicated last week that I had received only one request for finance for the beef industry up till now and that this was from the National Cattlemen's Association. No further representations have been brought to my attention. I do not doubt that individual beef producers are feeling the pinch now because of the reduced prices, but at this stage the only application for assistance, to my knowledge, has come from the National Cattlemen's Association.

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