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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The Minister for Primary Industry, has provided the following answerto the honourable senator's question:

Officers of my Department have been in contact with the various Commonwealth and State authorities concerned with land administration and with the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. It was ascertained that no precise statistics of land owned or leased by foreign companies or investors are kept by these authorities, either at the Commonwealth or the State level. Estimates of the extent to which foreign companies lease or own land in Australia would be extremely difficult to make and would probably be misleading, in part at least, because of the difficulty of defining 'foreign companies or investors'. I regret, therefore, that I am unable to provide the information that the honourable senator seeks.

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