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Wednesday, 28 May 1969

Senator McKELLAR (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) - The answer to the first question would be yes, and the answer to the second question also is yes. I base these answers on what has happened in the past in regard to primary industries. Particularly those of us who were growing wheat at the time will remember that the Labor Government provided cheap wheat to New Zealand at the expense of Australian wheat growers. The statement which emanated from the Leader of the Opposition would be about as correct as the statement that he made in Brisbane recently when he said that the war service homes scheme was being wound up. It would be on a par also with the action taken in this place recently when the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate wanted the management of the Australian Wheat Board brought before this House to answer questions about sales of wheat to China. It is on a par also with promises made by the Leader of the Opposition in another place to the Australian nation which would commit us to an expenditure of about Si ,000m. How the taxpayers would find this money I. do not know, but I know that they will never be called upon, to find it because Labor will not be elected.

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