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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2676

Mr FISHER (MALLEE, VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Does the Minister share the view expressed recently by the Premier of South Australia that the Labor Government is treating the wine industry, adversely? Does he agree with Mr Dunstan that many Australian wineries will go broke unless the Federal Government lifts its Budget tax imposts on the industry? Will the Minister tell us what the present Government is going to do to meet the very serious situation to which Mr Dunstan has drawn attention? Could the Minister also advise the House what decision has been made about the problem which the Government has thrust on the fruit canneries by its action in raising rural credit interest rates to record levels?

Dr PATTERSON - The answer briefly is no, I do not agree with Mr Dunstan, if he has been reported correctly. The Australian Labor Party has done more for the wine industry, both in Opposition and in Government, than the honourable member's party did. One has only to refer back to the various debates with respect to the wine tax to see the attitude taken by honourable members opposite. As far as the fruit industry is concerned, this Government has done more for it than the Opposition did at any time.

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