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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
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Senator MESSNER (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Mr President,if there is any doubt about the matter, I did not hear the interjection, but I certainly object to it.

Senator Grimes - As Senator Messner does not come from Nareen and as his colleague who does knows to whom I was referring, I ignore his remarks.

The PRESIDENT - Order! You have withdrawn. You must not repeat the offensive remark.

Senator Grimes - I did not repeat it.

The PRESIDENT - You did.

Senator Grimes - When?

The PRESIDENT - You said 'toady ' again.

Senator Grimes - I did not say 'toady'. As the cap fits, Mr President; but I did not repeat the term 'toady' and I defy anyone here to show from the tapes that I did.

The PRESIDENT - Order! I call Senator Messner.

Senator MESSNER - I address my question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. I refer to yesterday's question from Senator Walsh, who sought to denigrate the worthwhile tax deductions for farmers announced last Monday. Is it a fact that, due to the very favourable seasonal conditions of the last two years, the 1 980 financial year generally will be a high taxable income year for farmers? Under the new arrangements, will farmers be able to deduct irrigation and other expenditure incurred before July against this current year's income, thus substantially strengthening their positions to withstand a possible dry season next year?

Senator CARRICK - Both the questions asked by Senator Messner contain statements of fact. They underline the essential quality of the Government's policy which is to give aid to farmers in times of drought.

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