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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2371

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) -I direct a question to the Minister for Primary Industry. Is it a fact that the Minister and his colleagues have under consideration at present an application for assistance to the Tasmanian apple industry? Will the Minister take into consideration, in his assessment of the matter, the loss sustained by the industry due to revaluation? Does the Minister not recognise that, by imposing a limit on the compensation for revaluation to crops of 5,000 bushels, a great part of the export was not compensated for? Will the Minister give consideration to that aspect in his judgment on the assistance which should be given to the industry?

Senator WRIEDT - The decision on revaluation adjustment payments was a policy decision which was made by the Government earlier this year following the revaluation decision of last December. The case in support of the Government's decision has been well argued in this place and publicly. I am not aware of any further application for revaluation adjustment payments as a result of any later revaluation decision which was made by the Government. When I last inquired about this matter no application had been made. In the consideration of the problems of the fruit industry in Tasmania, which are currently being considered, all the factors which have created problems for the industry will be taken into account. I certainly would not be in a position to make a commitment that there will be any further specific payments because of revaluation. The inclusion of a limit of 5,000 bushels in the first revaluation compensation decision was, I believe, well founded, and it assisted those growers who needed assistance most. I am quite sure that the stronger growers and those who are better able to survive the very difficult market conditions which almost certainly will obtain in 1974 will be able to surmount the present problems.

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