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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2694

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister for Primary Industry read an article in today's 'Australian' newspaper in which Mr M. Ridd, the President of the Australian Wheat Growers Federation, is reported to have said yesterday that the price of bread would rise by five or six cents a loaf if the wheat growers were forced to organise their own price stabilisation scheme? As Mr Ridd is also reported in this article as saying that the Government's proposed stabilisation scheme would have a disastrous effect on the wheat industry, can the Minister say whether claims such as this are correct?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Primary Industry) -I did see the statement attributed to Mr Ridd. In answeing a question yesterday concerning statements by Mr Smith, the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, I said that Mr Smith was irresponsible in making public statements on a matter so important as the wheat stabilisation agreement which is currently being negotiated between the Australian Government, the State governments and the industry. If Mr Ridd made the statement that he is now alleged to have made he was equally irresponsible.

There is no suggestion on the part of the Government of bringing into effect a scheme which will increase the price of bread in Australia. As I said yesterday, I do not intend to spell out the details of these negotiations. They will be continuing until the Australian Agricultural Council meeting in February. Until such time as those negotiations are complete, I have no intention of commenting on them.

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