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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1362

Mr McVeigh (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

What percentage of the wheat quota in each State (a) is being allocated this year and (b) has been allocated in past years to (i) individuals living permanently in overseas countries and (ii) firms, businesses or partnerships partly or wholly foreign-owned.

Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Commonwealth has no jurisdiction in relation to the allocation of wheat quotas to growers, firms or other interests in any of the States. This is a matter which comes within the Constitutional, legal and administrative prerogative of the States.

I am informed that the instrumentalities set up under the legislation of the various States to administer the quota arrangements have listed, in the normal course, the names, addresses and entitlements of quota holders within their respective States, but that the records do not indicate the kind of information which the honourable member has sought.

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