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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr ADERMANN - The Government's policy with regard to the stabilisation of any primary industry is clear cut and has been stated repeatedly by me and by leaders of the Government. That policy applies to the sugar industry. The honorable member has referred to a motion relating to stabilisation which was carried by the Queensland Cane Growers Council. I point out that the Australian Sugar Producers Association did not carry the motion when it was submitted to that body. It has been the practice of the sugar industry organisations to combine and to be represented together when any matter is submitted to the Government for consideration. Trie honorable member and everybody else knows that my door is always open to the representatives of any primary industry who wish to discuss matters relating to stabilisation. There is a vast difference between my approach to this matter and his. This Government is not prepared to put itself in the position of dictating to any industry by saying that an industry must have a particular kind of stabilisation scheme. We want the industries concerned to state the kind of stabilisation schemes they want. The Commonwealth Government and the Queensland Government have placed the sugar industry on the highest level of consideration. At the recent conference overseas, no less persons than the Deputy Prime

Minister and the Queensland Premier associated themselves with representatives of the industry in putting its claims. That is indicative of the level of consideration at which this Government puts the sugar industry.

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