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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1842

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

(1)   What examination has the Minister or his Department made concerning the problems of the egg industry.

(2)   Will the Minister make available the information he has.

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

(1)   Representations have been addressed to myself and the Department on a range of egg industry matters, principally its financial position in the early months of this year, and the application of the hen levy in non-Board areas. These have been examined on receipt and, at my direction, an examination of the hen levy issue is proceeding.

(2)   Returns to producers in the egg industry have shown a substantial improvement in the last 2 months. If the honourable member wishes to indicate interest in a specific matter I shall be glad to see what information can be made available to him.

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