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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - Has . the attention of the Minister representing, the Minister for Primary Industry been drawn to recent Press reports indicating that 3 Toronto scientists have discovered a method of making bricks out of wheat and that they could build an average, sized house from 20 bushels of wheat . or ' approximately 1,600 loaves of bread? If this is correct and if we are unable to. market our full wheat production or supply hunger ridden countries would this not be a means of using our surplus production and, at the same time, reducing the cost of housing since the cost of this process is said to be less than one-third the cost of other materials? Will the Minister have inquiries made to ascertain whether despite any patent royalties some benefits could be secured under this process for Australian farmers and Australian home owners?

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