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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr Beazley y asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   Have Japanese buyers of Australian wheat indicated that they do not want f.a.q. wheat but wheat segregated into varieties according to protein content and quality?

2.   Is this becoming common also with other buyers?

3.   Is there any resistance to abolition or modification of f.a.q. on the part of the Australian Wheat Board?

4.   Is 90 per cent of Australian wheat sold to the United Kingdom being used as stock feed?

5.   Has a marked disinclination developed in the United Kingdom to using f.a.q. wheat for human consumption?

Mr McMahon - The following answers to the honorable member's questions are based on information supplied by the Australian Wheat Board: -

1.   No. The Japanese have had little post-war experience of Australian f.a.q. wheat but currently have a delegation visiting Australia to examine the characteristics of our f.a.q. wheat to determine its suitability for Japanese requirements.

2.   No.

3.   Yes. The Board holds the view strongly that the marketing of Australian wheat on an f.a.q. basis is currently in the best interests of the wheat-growers of Australia, and that the immediate aim should be an improvement in the general standard of quality.

4.   No. The millers in United Kingdom state that 80 to 90 per cent of Australian f.a.q. wheat imported into the United Kingdom is used for gristing into flour.

5.   No.

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