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Tuesday, 6 March 1973
Page: 204

Mr HANSEN (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Treasurer. I ask what action has been taken by the Government in relation to claims by primary and secondary industry for compensation for losses arising from revaluation and changes in the value of the United States dollar and other currencies?

Mr CREAN (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - An interdepartmental committee has been set up comprising representatives of the Treasury, and the Departments of Primary Industry, Northern Development, Overseas Trade and the Prime Minister and Cabinet to consider a scheme for assistance for certain primary industries. The committee has made a report and has indicated a scheme of assistance for those most directly affected by the revaluation of the Australian dollar in December. Assistance has been given to the canned fruit and fresh fruit industries, the terms of which have been announced in detail by my colleague the Minister for Primary Industry.

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