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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr McEWEN - In the first place, I correct 'the honorable member. No wheat has been sold by this Government to mainland China.

Mr Cope - Then who sold it?

Mr McEWEN - The Australian Wheat Board, which is the realizing authority on behalf of Australian wheat-growers, has sold to mainland China the quantity of wheat that the honorable member has mentioned and in circumstances which I think are publicly known; that is, payment has been in cash against documents in circumstances of grievous food shortage in China. If it is the policy of the Australian Labour Party that no wheat should be sold for cash to a famine area lest a soldier of the Opposition's friends in the Communist Party should get a handful of it, then that is not the policy of this Government.

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