Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 1 September 1937

Senator MARWICK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

In view of the great losses suffered through the rabbit invasion and the present high cost of netting, will the Government renew its past policyof making advances through the State governments at a low rate of interest for the purchase of netting?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Treasurer has supplied the following answer : -

The Commonwealth Government, in order to assist the States with their loan programmes, has agreed to make no demands on the Australian loan market in 1937-38 other than for such moneys as are required to be paid to the States for farmers' debt adjustment. In the circumstances the Government regrets its inability to makemoneys available for advances to the States for the purchase of wire netting. With a view to assisting the States in their endeavour to combat the rabbit menace, however, the Commonwealth, in 1935, offered to contribute the equivalent of 1 per cent. on Stateloan money used for advances to settlers for the purchase of wire netting. That offer is still open.

Suggest corrections