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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2622

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is addressed to the Minister for Agriculture. He will be aware that the Industries Assistance Commission's report on the application by Western Australian new land farmers for a continuation of the superphosphate bounty is critical to the viability of many farms. As the bounty expires on 31 December, can the Minister give any indication when the report will be received by the Government? Can the Minister indicate whether he or the Government has made any request that this application be given some urgency?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Agriculture) -At the time of the reference of this matter by the Prime Minister to the IAC the Commission was requested to bring down a report as quickly as possible. My understanding is that it should be available by March but I have not received anything specific on that. It is not customary, as far as I know, for the Commission to advise the Government of the time at which it proposes to make a report to it. That is as much information as I can give the honourable senator. If it is possible to get something more specific I will advise him.

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