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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr Wilson (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

In view of the activity at present being displayed by competitive wheat-exporting countries in securing markets for their exportable surpluses, will he give an indication to the House as to when he will take steps to arrange for a select committee, as promised by himself, to inquire into the several schemes propounded for the stabilization of the wheatgrowing industry in Australia?

Mr Menzies - The Government is at present considering the general question of the position of the wheat industry, and a statement as to its intentions will be made as soon as possible.


Mr Green n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Will he supply the names of the representatives of wheat-growers from the various States who attended the conference held in Canberra last week, and give the names of the organizations that they represent?

2.   For what reasons were Messrs. F. M. Cullen, Victoria, and T. H. Powell, Western Australia, notinvited to attend this conference?

Sir Frederick Stewart - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers to the honorable member's questions : -

1.   The following persons met in Canberra on the 3rd May to assist the Commerce Department in the consideration of certain technical questions associated with the storage and marketing of wheat in the event of an emergency. They did not attend as representatives of organizations, but as persons who had special knowledge of the problems involved : - H. G. Annells, John Darling and Son, . Adelaide; E. A. Badcock, South Australian Farmers' Union, Adelaide; H. E. Braine, manager, wheat department, Westralian Farmers Limited, Perth ; J. S. Cameron, chairman, grain trade section, Sydney Chamber of Commerce; R. L. Dick, manager, Bunge (Australia) Limited, Melbourne; E.E. Field, chairman, Australian Wheat-growers' Federation; G. A. Holborrow, manager, New South Wales Government Grain Elevators, Sydney; C. Judd, chairman, Grain Elevators Board, Melbourne; J. S. Teasdale, trustee. Wheat Pool of Western Australia.

2.   The Commerce Department did not consider the question of inviting Messrs. Cullen and Powell.

Non-official Post Offices.

Mr Lazzarini i asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

What is the standard, relative to revenue, required from a non-official post office having savings bank facilities, selling stamps and postal notes, and receiving telegrams, to warrant money order facilities being granted?

Mr Harrison - The information is being obtained.

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