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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1969

Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Why have the first payments for premium grade wheat delivered to northern Victorian silos in December 1971 been delayed for 2 months.

CB) Are these payments normally made within i weeks of delivery.

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

(1)   The delivery of so-called premium wheats in Victoria has added to the essential recording and checking procedures associated with the receival of, and payment for, wheat under the delivery quotas arrangements. This resulted in some delay in first advance payments to some growers. However, 1 am informed that all outstanding claims on quota wheat were processed by the end of March.

A relatively small proportion of wheat deliveries in Victoria has been of varieties and grades classified by the Australian Wheat Board as readily saleable. Wheat in that category is, by definition, over-quota wheat. As such, it does not entitle a grower to payment of a first advance but a payment equivalent to the first advance may be made by the Board when it has been sold and paid for.

(2)   First advance payments on wheat received within quotas are normally made within 3 weeks of the receipt by the Wheat Board of a quota holder's claim.

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