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Australian Agricultural Council: need for review of Australian agricultural policy



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MINISTER FOR ;.

S T E ENT PRIMARY I NDUSTRY

AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURALCOUNCIL I'TEMD FOR REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Ministers attending the meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council in Mt. Hagen today said there was a need for a new approach to agricultural policy in Australia. They said it was clear that for reasons largely out of the control of Governments primary industry was approaching a period in which its problems were likely to intensify rather than diminish.

The Acting Chairman of the Council, Mr. Nixon, said the Ministers had supported the comments in the opening address which he had delivered on behalf of the Chairman, Mr. Anthony, pointing to the urgent need to examine existing policies and to seek additional ways in which, with joint action by the Commonwealth and the States, the agricultural industries could be assisted to adjust to the situation of today and of the future.

Mr. Nixon said the N.S.W. Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Crawford, had told the Council he believed that primary production must be related niare effectively to market requirements.

The Victorian Minister, Mr. Chandler, had said that Australian agriculture was at the crossroads and that it was now facing problems it had not experienced since the last war.

The Western Australian Minister, Mr. Nalder, said that, in the light of the economic situation facing the rural industries, there was a need to formulate some guid'alines for agricultural activity across Australia and to improve on the information available with respect to

the prospects for the various industries.

ITIr. Nixon said other Ministers had expressed similar views and all had agreed that Governments, both Federal and State, had a heavy responsibility to work with the rural industries in implementing policies that would help them meet their difficulties.

Mt. Hagen 29th June, 1970.