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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1363

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister rep resenting the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What examination has the Government undertaken in conjunction with the Stales of the Commonwealth financed extension service program.

(2)   Will the Government give a commitment to continue and expand this program.

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

(1)   In January I invited State Ministers for Agriculture to give me their views on the contribution which the Commonwealth financed extension services program has made to efficiency and progress in rural industry. The program is, of course, also under continuous review by my Department.

(2)   The honourable member will be aware that the Commonwealth gave an undertaking for funds of up to $37m to be made available for agricultural extension services over the 5 year period 1971-72 to 1975-76. I recently informed State Ministers of the funds available within this program during the next triennium. The continuation of the program beyond 1975-76 will be determined at the appropriate time.

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