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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1481

Senator YOUNG (South Australia) - Firstly I refer the Minister to his second reading speech in which he said:

The Government has agreed that any outstanding government contributions not recouped by the end of the fifth season will be written off.

But then there is no provision in the Bill. I ask the Minister why this has not been included in the Bill. Secondly I refer to clause 18 (2) of the Bill. Where the Government has played a part in the marketing of some wheat under long term arrangements which may be extended for an extra period, or where there may be default of payment, is the Government prepared under such circumstances to give financial assistance to the wheat industry? Thirdly, I cannot see anywhere in the Bill reference to wheat that may be given in aid to countries at a discounted price or as a grant. What would be the position of the wheat industry under those circumstances? Can the Minister give me answers to those questions?

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