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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr SPEAKER - As a matter of fact I was just looking at the Bill to see how far the honourable member was going beyond it.

Mr GRASSBY - I saw you referring to the Bill, Mr Speaker, and was just about to link up my remarks very rapidly. The point should be made that it ties in with the need for proper national planning in the relations between government and primary industry. Here we have perhaps the first step towards a rationale of future production between what the nation requires itself and what we can export. We reach a point where the Government has said in relation to processed milk products: All right, for the first time in this country we will give it support in a positive way'. And that is to be welcomed. But the point we are making is that it is only the first step. If it is to be regarded simply as a gesture and left at that we will be slipping back into trouble again. For too long there has been a tendency to run away from the concept of rational planning in agriculture. I welcome this as the first definite step in that direction for these products and I hope it will not stop here. I hope we can look forward to an overall planning of production for our needs at home and for export. I support the measure, but at the same time pose the query: Where is the long term planning that will be necessary to give security to those in the industry and the benefits of such planning to the natron?

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