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Tuesday, 5 July 1949

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - Did the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture assure the Australian Wheat Board that it would have a free hand in future wheat negotiations? If so, has the Minister seen the reported statement by the general secretary of the Australian Wheat Growers Federation, Mr. Stott, that the board should now stand firm in its negotiations with the United Kingdom and not yield to pressure to force down prices merely because Australia is in the sterling area? Will the Minister state his attitude regarding the matter?

Mr POLLARD - I have not seen the statement mentioned by the honorable member. If its terms are as he has stated, I think that it is of an entirely mischievous character. At far as I am aware, it has no foundation whatever in fact.

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