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Australian Agricultural Council: marginal dairy farm reconstruction



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AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL MARGINAL DAIRY FARM RECONSTRUCTION

Ministers from all States sLd at the meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council at Mt. Hagen today that their Governments would accept the Comrtonwealth Is marginal dairy farm reconstruction proposals subject in some cases to further negotiation on a few specific points.

The Acting Chairman of the Council, Mr. Nixon, made a statement on behalf of Mr. Anthony, the Minister for Primary Industry, in which Mr. !at hony said that he could not agree to a meeting with State Ministers for further talks about the scheme. However, Mr. Anthony was "prepared to have further discussions with

individual States to clarify and come to agreement on any outstanding matters in relation to the scheme".

The N.S.W. Minister, Mr. Crawford, and the Victorian Minister, Mr. Chandler, said that they believed N.S.W. and Victoria would reach agreement with the Commonwealth, subject to some points being adjusted.

The Queensland Minister for Lands, Mr. Sullivan (who is attending the Conference in the absence of the Minister for Primary Industries, Mr. Row) said Queensland had accepted the scheme, following adjustments afire;d to by the Commonwealth. Mr.

Sullivan said Queensland dairy farmers wanted the scheme and had been putting pressure on his Government to have the scheme implemented,

The South Australian Minister, Mr.. Casey, said his Government would agree to the scheme after further negotiation on some aspects with the Commonwealth.

The Tasmanian Minister, Mr. Beattie, said his Government had found the scheme acceptable following changes negotiated with the Commonwealth.

Mr. Nixon said that following passage of legislation by the Federal Parliament the Premier of Western Australia had signed an agreement for the scheme and the Prime Minister would sign on behalf of the Commonwealth once Royal assent was given to the Act.

Mt. Hagen 30th June, 1970.