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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
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Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I can fully understand Senator Laucke 's concern about this. It is a legitimate question to ask. I can only restate what I said earlier, that on the experience of this

Government, and probably that of the previous Government, it is not possible to say how an amount- any amount, in fact- is committed for a firm payment to be made. I can only restate, as I said earlier, that it is a matter for the industry, both in the growing section and the processing section, to put before the Government reasons why they in fact do qualify for assistance. But I just remind the Senate very briefly of the statement made by the Attorney-General Senator Murphy on 5 December in relation to this Bill, in which he said that funds would be made available to fruit processors and growers where cases could be substantiated that serious difficulties had been experienced as a result of the removal of the sales tax exemption. It is not a matter, as it says further on, of simply allocating money in a haphazard way. We will maintain the principles which we have accepted in the past on all questions of adjustment payments or assistance payments to the industry.

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