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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2373

Senator SCOTT -Will the Minister for Agriculture explain to the Senate so as to clear up confusion within his own Department, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Foreign Affairs, rural industry, the Press gallery and the Australian community, let alone the United Nations World Food Congress, what is Australia's commitment in food aid as pledged by him at the World Food Congress. What form will this food aid take? Will it be solely wheat or mixed grains or will it involve meat in processed form? Is it true that the Minister now asserts that our commitment made at the World Food Congress was only approximately $ 1 9m? If that is the case, why was a note bearing the Minister's letterhead pinned on the Press gallery board this week saying that the commitment was $30m? Did the Minister in an interview on Sunday last say that the commitment was $30m? In view of this disparity, will the Minister advise the Senate of the true position, re-check his figures and recheck the price he recently paid for a pair of gumboots?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - The question is so facile and stupid that I ask the honourable senator to put it on notice.

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