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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture say whether it is a fact, as reported in the Daily Telegraph of the 30th March, that Mr. Vic. Peters, secretary of the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association, stated that, with others from the association, he made representations to the Minister, af ter which the Minister reversed the decision of the Australian Wheat Board that wheat should not be made available for the manufacture of dog biscuits, which decision was announced by the State superintendent of the board in circular M/46, dated the 11th February, 1946, which was issued to millers and others concerned? If this is a fact, will the Minister say why he overruled the board, the technical advisers of the Departments of Agriculture in the States and of the Commonwealth, as well as the Wheat Allocation Committee? Does the Minister make it a practice to override the decisions of what he has often stated to be " producercontrolled boards " ? Why did the Minister sell the farmers' wheat, at a price of 4s.11d. a bushel, to the manufacturers of dog biscuits for the feeding ofracing greyhounds, when the exportprice was8s.8¾d. a bushel?

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