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WHEAT SALES TO CHINA

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, said

today that mischievous statements by Labor politicians were undermining the Australian Wheat Board in its efforts to sell Australian. wheat.

He said the Wheat Board not only had the difficult task of negotiating sales with China - it also had to work under the

handicap of irresponsible and stupid statements by Labor Members of Parliament.

Mr. Anthony referred to statements today by the Labor Members for Dawson (Dr. Patterson) and Riverina (Mr. Grassby) who "blamed the Government for losing sales to China". (Melbourne Herald).

Mr. Anthony said: "There is nothing unusual or abnormal in the present situation.

"As contracts o&pire, new contracts are negotiated and

sales by Canada to China about this time of the year are part of a normal pattern.

"There is no evidence to suggest that China will not be buying from us as usual.

"The Canadian sale to China announced today is for 2.5 million tons, compared with last year's sale of 2.2 million tons.

"I can see nothing of unusual significance in this.

"1 hope the people who are trying to gain some political capital at the expense of the Wheat Board and Australia's

wheatgrowers will think a little more carefully before they make any further damaging and unnecessary statements.ol

CANBERRA

28th October, 1970