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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1370

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry following representations by orchardists in the Goulburn Valley. Is the complaint correct that to obtain a tree pull grant under the present Government proposals, orchardists in Victoria's Goulburn Valley must forfeit their cannery shares? Are such orchardists being told that the cannery shares are valueless, although within the last 12 months such shares were valued for probate at $3 a share and a widow concerned was forced to pay at that rate although in indigent circumstances? Are the conditions so rigid for a tree pull grant that only those in extreme poverty can benefit?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - There has been discussion between State Ministers of Agriculture and the Federal Minister for Primary Industry on the tree pull scheme and a Bill is to be presented io the Parliament very shortly. Although the Bill involves certain details of the scheme it does not refer to shares in a cannery. I have only just heard of this matter and would have to make an investigation through the Minister for Primary Industry before saying more about it. I shall do that. If the honourable senator would like to put his question on notice he may do so, but I will get the information for bini.

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