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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator HENTY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows -

1.   Last March the Premier of New South Wales advanced a proposal regarding credit sales of wheat by the Australian Wheat Board to drought-stricken farmers. This proposal was referred to the Australian Wheat Board, and the Premier has been advised of the outcome of the Board's deliberations.

More recently the Premier of Queensland has indicated that his Government proposes to make an approach for Commonwealth financial assistance in relation to the current drought.

2.   The problem of mitigating the effects of drought has been engaging the attention of interested parties for many years.

3.   The question of special loan assistance at concessional interest rates for the purpose of irrigation and fodder conservation is a matter for the State Governments concerned.I understand that at least some of the States provide loans of this nature.

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