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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr CLARK (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the necessity for obtaining maximum production of wheat, and the uncertainty that exists in relation to the registration of wheatgrowing areas, will the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture make a statement as to what steps should be taken by wheat-growers in order to be registered under the scheme, and what action they will have to take when the new proposals embodied in the bill now before the House become law ?

Mr SCULLY - At present growers may plant wheat without restriction. They may secure a temporary licence upon application to the local stabilization boards established in each of the States. Only a temporary licence may be issued at this stage because the whole of the Wheat Stabilization Regulations will disappear at the end of this year when the National Security Regulations expire. Future wheat registrations will be left in the hands of the States. In the complementary measures which Ave hope will be passed by the State Parliaments shortly, provision will be made for the establishment of State stabilization committees which will issue registration certificates to the wheat-growers. As the result of recent discussions of the Agricultural Council I am confident that the State stabilization committees will be representative of wheat-growers who will see that no injustice is done to intending growers or to those already established in the industry.

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