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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1358

Mr Kerin (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the difficult situation smaller stock feed manufacturers face in securing supplies of bran, pollard and meatmeal.

(2)   On what basis is the price of flour fixed for home consumption.

(3)   On what basis is the price of mill offals fixed.

(4)   Is it a fact that prices of up to $43.00 per metric ton are being charged for bran and pollard by mills in a favoured position for the same products whose quoted price is $33.50 (bran) and $35.50 (pollard) per metric ton.

(5)   Do flour millers who manufacture stock feed cost bran and pollard into their feed at $52.00 per ton.

(6)   How many flour mills have ceased operation in Australia in the last (a) 12 months and (b) 5 years.

(7)   How many tons of meatmeal were (a) exported and (b) consumed locally in stock feed manufacture in 1971-72.

(8)   Are increases in the price of wheat passed on entirely into the price of flour when millers adjust prices.

Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has furnished the following reply:

The questions asked by the honourable member require detailed information which is not readily available. When the data is collated an answer will be provided.

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