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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr RYAN (Flinders) .- The Government ought to consider very seriously what order of priority should be given to various forms of primary production. Primary industry is suffering, and will continue to suffer, because of the shortage of labour, kerosene and fertilizers. Primary producers in my area share my concern in regard to the future. Many farmers are wondering whether it will be worthwhile to break up land this year in order to plant such crops as flax, peas and other vegetables. The Government should decide the quantity that is required of various primary products in addition to what may be termed the staple products, wool, butter and wheat. I urge the Government to stipulate some order of priority, in order that farmers may know what quantity of flax they will be required to put down in the coming season, and what assistance they may expect to receive from the Government in respect of labour and supplies of kerosene and fertilizer. The matter demands immediate attention.

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