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Monday, 19 October 1970

Mr KING (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Primary Industry, I preface it by reminding the Minister of the Treasurer's Budget Speech in which the Treasurer said:

The Government is examining the need for reconstruction in the wool industry, including as one aspect of reconstruction the question of growers' indebtedness and the ways in which the Commonwealth can most effectively assist.

As the Minister has announced proposals for a marketing authority for the wool industry, to commence next year - I am sure that the Minister is well aware that the rural debt continues to rise - I ask: What progress has the Government made regarding the inquiry into rural indebtedness and when can we expect an announcement?

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