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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2061

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs and Acting Minister for Primary Industry) - I thank the Opposition for not opposing this Bill. I was very much appreciative of the remarks of Senator Laucke and Senator Drake-Brockman who obviously showed their knowledge of the wheat industry and their interest in this question. Likewise, I thank Senator Little for his remarks. Unfortunately, he brought a discordant note into the debate when he jumped on to the question of interest rates and zero population growth which I think should be the subject of a -

Senator Little - I did not blame the Minister in regard to the latter.

Senator CAVANAGH - I can assure the honourable senator that I am not responsible for the latter. This should be the subject of debate on its own. This fund is for the purpose of developing research and the marketing of wheat and is subsidised by the Government according to Budget allocation from year to year. We have done much towards feeding the world. I agree that we should do this. I think that the big sales Australia has made to the People's Republic of China possibly are assisting in raising standards in that country. We are assisting that country's population by making a move which was opposed for a long time. Again, I thank the Opposition for its support of the Bill and leave my remarks at that point.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through all its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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