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Tuesday, 16 March 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Yesterday in answer to a question about quotas for hard wheats asked by Senator Sim I said that guidelines had been set by the Australian Wheatgrowers Federation in March 1969 and that they indicated that delivery quotas should not curtail the production of wheat which is readily saleable. The honourable senator, being a good South Australian-

Senator Keeffe - Are you suggesting that there are some bad South Australians?

Senator Cavanagh - Just say: 'Being a South Australian'.


Would you like me to say: 'Being a good South Australian representative in this place'? The honourable senator made the point that South Australia also grows hard wheat, and then he said that he would be asking me a series of questions. So I sought some information for him. I am advised that the Federation recommended delivery quotas for each State in March 1969, in January 1970 and in January 1971, and that these recommendations subsequently were accepted by the State and Commonwealth governments. The recommendations included supplementary quotas for prime hard wheats produced in New South Wales and Queensland and, for the 1971-72 season, Durum wheat produced in New South Wales.

In arriving at its quota proposals the Federation, on which grower organisations in each mainland State are represented, is understood to have taken into account all relevant factors including stocks and prospective outlets for various types and descriptions of wheat. It can be expected that the Federation will follow what is now established practice and will meet early in 1972 and will draw up quota proposals for the following season in the light of circumstances encountered this year and future sales prospects as they then appear. The allocation of quotas within a State is a matter for the State authorities. Whether the difficulties of seasonal conditions or the spasmodic production results in a region of a State are grounds for special consideration is a matter for the State concerned, having regard no doubt to any views which may be expressed by the industry.

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