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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr SCULLY - I have made arrangements with the Australian Wheat Board foi- a reduction by between 3d. and 4d. a bushel of the price of truck lots of wheat supplied to poultry farmers. I have been taken to task by some sections of the wheat-growing industry for this action, and, in order to vindicate myself, I point out that previously the reduced rate applied only in respect of six-truck lots, and this gave the benefit of a rake-off to the middlemen. A federal advisory committee is in operation at the present time. Yesterday I appointed the representative of the Sydney Egg Board as chairman of this committee. I am considering the advisability of creating a federal board with greater powers than are possessed by this committee. I am giving consideration to the position of the poultry industry, and I shall do all that I can to improve the lot of poultry farmers.

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