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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 100

Mr LLOYD (MURRAY, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Primary Industry: Has the Australian dairy industry made any request to the Government to replace the present annually determined minimum price per kilogram butter fat guarantee with a three or live year scheme to allow the industry a basis for forward planning similar to that recently provided for the wheat and canned fruit industries? If there has been no request, will the Minister commence such discussion with the industry when he negotiates the minimum price for the 1980-81 dairy year?

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Primary Industry) - At the time of the Australian Dairy Industry Conference submission for the 1979-80 season the industry made a request for an underwriting to be continued into 1980-81 and 198 1-82. In that submission it proposed that the level of underwriting given in 1979-80 should be adjusted by the consumer price index when making a judgment on the 1981 and 1982 seasons. The Government took the view that a number of changes occurring within the industry were having a pretty marked effect on industry returns and it determined not to guarantee more than the one year. If the Australian Dairy Industry Conference were to come back to us with a similar proposal the Government would be prepared to consider it.

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