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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 996

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I preface my question, which I direct to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, by reminding him that on 23rd February last I directed a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as Minister representing the Treasurer. My question related to specific grants to the Tasmanian Government to be passed on to the Tasmanian companies concerned with canning fruit, particularly apples. Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson said that be would redirect the question to the Minister for Primary Industry. My question is simple: When may I expect a reply to that question? I now ask the Minister whether he will ask the Minister for Primary Industry to visit the apple and pear growing areas of Tasmania as soon as possible to examine at first hand the needs of the orchardists and canning companies.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - 1 will admit that it has been a rather long wait since 23rd February, but the honourable senator has indicated the background to his question. 1 shall certainly chase it up, see where the matter rests and endeavour to obtain an answer for him. I will also pass his invitation on to the Minister for Primary Industry and ask him to reply to the honourable senator directly.

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