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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3457

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(   1 ) What committees function under the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.

(2)   When were they established.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(1)   and (2) I am informed that the names of the committees and the dates of their establishment are as follows:

Uniform Crime Statistics Committee-July, 1973.

Commercial Arbitration Committee- February, 1974.

Computers Committee- July 1975.

Armed Robbery Committee- July 1975.

Administration of Justice Committee- July 1 975.

Credit Laws Committee-July 1 975.

In addition, the Parliamentary Counsel's Committee operates in conjunction with the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.

Rural Processing Co-operatives (Question No. 1573)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that rural processing co-operatives, such as dairy factories, are not able to obtain sufficient capital for plant modernisation, etc., and therefore they are disadvantaged relative to proprietary factories.

(2)   Is this disadvantage compounded at the present time by the poverty of the farmer shareholders, traditional suppliers of capital.

(3)   If so, what steps are being taken to remove this disadvantage, and to provide co-operatives with similar provisions for borrowing to those existing in most western nations

(4)   Can he ensure that the Rural Bank includes a section for rural co-operatives, and that this sections sets realistic limits and terms for co-operatives.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Whilst my Department does not maintain detailed information about the relative availability of capital to rural processing co-operatives and proprietary factories, present conditions in parts of the rural sector may well affect the capacity of fanner shareholders to increase investment in co-operatives.

(3)   and (4) L-NCP policy envisages the Rural Bank as an institution to improve the credit situation of individual farm enterprises rather than as a facility related to the capital needs of corporate manufacturers or processors. Proposals being developed at this stage are therefore directed to giving farmers satisfactory access to capital for reasonable periods. The position of rural processing co-operatives may benefit indirectly from provision of this facility for individuals.

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