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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1900

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I wish to direct a question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister or the Treasurer or the Minister for Primary Industry, whichever is appropriate. I ask the Minister whether this Government professes a policy of decentralisation? Is it aware that, in the 80-year old established apple industry in Australia, far from the industry being maintained it is in a substantial degree being grubbed out because of want of perception of any economic prospect for this year's marketing? Did the Prime Minister visit Hobart during the weekend and was the point of view that the Premier would make representations for assistance to the industry highly publicised? Has the Prime Minister or the Government made any decision to assist the industry?

The PRESIDENT - I call Senator Murphy as Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Senator MURPHY - The honourable senator has asked a considerable number of questions. As to the first one which dealt with decentralisation, of course the Government has a policy directed towards decentralisation. I suppose the most conspicuous example that comes to my mind is the establishment of the AlburyWodonga complex in which the Government took the initiative with the Governments of Victoria and New South Wales and whereby, as a result of this 3-party arrangement, a great new city is to be developed. That is an indicationthere are numerous others -of the endeavours of the Government to promote wise development in areas away from the present large capital cities. As to the specific matters which the honourable senator has raised about assistance to primary industry, in particular to apple growers, I am unable to assist the honourable senator now. I will endeavour to get an answer for him at an early date.

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