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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr ADERMANN - The honorable member asks whether consideration was given to the fact that certain Victorian growers will have to bag their wheat. I remind him that ever since the inception of the stabilization scheme 4d. a bushel extra has been paid to those growers who have to bag wheat. Therefore, ample provision is made for them.

Mr Pollard - That is only when they deliver in bags. The honorable member for Bendigo is referring to those who have to store their wheat in bags.

Mr ADERMANN - I remind the honorable member that in certain other States, South Australia and Queensland in particular, most of the wheat is delivered in bags. The honorable member for Bendigo asked whether finance would be available for wheat-growers to enable them to proceed with their normal work. He must be aware that special provision was made to ensure that primary producers will be able to obtain the finance necessary for the production of their crops and especially for the production of the extra quantity we hope to see produced for export.

The honorable member also mentioned a protest by the Victorian wheat-growers. There have been protests throughout the industry. If the honorable member is asking whether I am prepared to recommend that the Government reconsider its position, I refer him to the answer I gave to the honorable member for New England. All we are asking the wheat-growers to & is to wait for eight or ten weeks for part of the payment. We believe that this is necessary. The average production this year is three bushels per acre above the average on which payment was previously made. This will more than compensate for any extra costs that may have arisen in the industry during the past twelve months.

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