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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1363

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Minister, at the request of the Department of the Treasury, is re-examining all support arrangements for primary industries.

(2)   If so, will the Minister give an assurance that:

(a)   the principles relating to such support accepted by the previous Government will be continued and

(b)   the levels of such support will not be reduced.

Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   No.

(2)   All assistance to both primary and secondary industry will be looked at objectively in the general interests of the Australian community. Machinery is being established in the protection commission to examine support arrangements.

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