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Thursday, 1 September 1960

Mr ADERMANN - The question of weevil infestation of wheat in New South Wales in particular, and in other places to a lesser degree, is causing some concern because there have been complaints that shipments sent overseas have shown evidence of weevil infestation. The Australian Wheat Board has agreed to guarantee that every consignment of wheat is free from weevil when it leaves Australia.

I discussed the matter with the chairman of the Australian Wheat Board only yesterday, and expressed concern at the board's apparent lack of action although I am not suggesting that the board has not been concerned about it. The chairman replied to me to the effect that Mr. Anderson, the board's expert in these matters, has long since been sent interstate to see that everything possible is being done. But the responsibility in this matter does not, in the first instance, reside with the Wheat Board. It resides with the State bulk handling authorities which, in the case of one particular State at least, are not measuring up to their responsibilities. I expressed my concern in that regard to the chairman of the Wheat Board yesterday.

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