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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr McEWEN - The export tax on wheat which goes into the wheat-growers' stabilization fund is levied under the terms of composite legislation of the six State parliaments and of this Parliament. That legislation will cover the crop that is about to be sown, which will be the last crop under that plan. Therefore the tax will be levied on that crop. Whether it will be levied on future crops will depend on the terms of any extended stabilization plan that may be devised. The Government will consult the wheatgrowing industry on whether it wants a stabilization plan and, if so, on what terms, and it will then consult the State governments. On the outcome of those negotiations will depend whether there will he a wheat tax on export wheat beyond the crop that is about to he sown.

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