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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr SPEAKER -Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ANTHONY - Yes. Yesterday I opened the King Island Show. At that Show I was speaking about the drought in Australia, and I made the statement that our rural export earnings would be down some $300m to $400m this year. In the newspapers today one can read the inference that as a result our overseas balances this year would be down by $300m to $400m. This is not the way in which it was intended to be stated. The impact of the drought will have the effect of reducing our overseas earnings by $300m to $400m but that effect might be over a couple of years.

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