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Thursday, 2 June 1960


Mr THOMPSON (Port Adelaide) . - T wish to refer to a matter which comes under the administration of the Acting Prime Minister (Mr. McEwen) in his capacity as Minister for Trade. On several' occasions I have referred to him the problems of the flour industry in South Australia. I have been asked to refer to him again the need of the South Australian industry for a greater share of the export trade in flour. I should like the Minister to tell me whether the Australian Wheat Board has any control over the allocation of orders for flour or whether it is a matter between the millers in the various States to make their own bids and try to get the- trade. Those engaged in the industry in South Australia believe that they are not getting a fair share of Australia's export trade in flour. They appreciate the efforts of the Acting Prime Minister in expanding the export trade in flour, but they would like a bigger share of it. I should like the Minister to supply the relevant information about markets to me in writing, and to inform me whose responsibility it is to allocate orders for flour.


Mr McEwen - I will undertake to write to. the honorable member.







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