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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 221

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry ask the Minister for Primary Industry to give further consideration to the request of the Upper Murray ExServicemen's Land Settlement Association in South Australia for a review of valuations of members' lands, on the specific grounds of the necessity to replace original plantings of citrus and other fruit trees consequent upon incorrect advice on the suitability of certain areas for such plantings? Will further consideration be given to requests from the ex-servicemen for the writing off of accumulated debts to the Government, arising from the ill advised plantings and other personally unavoidable conditions and disabilities?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - On a number of occasions the honourable senator has raised this matter. I well recall the people whom he is representing coming to Canberra to discuss with the Department of Primary Industry a matter in regard to rent paid by war service land settlers. Now he has introduced this question. I know that the Minister for Primary Industry is examining this matter. I certainly will make representations to the Minister. Over the years his door has always been open for representatives of primary producers to approach him. My understanding is that in the very near future the Minister hopes to be in a position to make a statement on this matter.

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