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Tuesday, 31 October 1967

Dr Patterson (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What was the cumulative total amount of Federal funds, in the 1946-67 period, given by means of non-repayable grants to the (a) wheat, (b) wool, (c) dairying, (d) beef, (e) sugar, (f) cotton and (g) minerals (explorations) industries?

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The main Commonwealth non-repayable grants over the period July 1946 to June 1967 in respect of the industries named are set out below. The amounts specified as research grants are those paid into trust accounts on a matching basis with industry contributions. In addition, a substantial amount of research in respect of these industries is financed from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Vote and further amounts are provided by the Commonwealth for grants for other research projects. Primary industries also benefit from the lower prices of petroleum products made possible by subsidy payments.


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