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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2026

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) -Has the Minister for Agriculture heard complaints that the National Rural Advisory Council is not truly representative of farmers? Can he tell the Senate what is the composition of the Council, its role and what emerged from its first full meeting?

Senator WRIEDT -The Council was formed at my instigation so that I would have a body of farmers representative of all sections of agriculture in Australia and it is so representative. I think its members are all practising farmers. I do not know how many of them, or if any of them, vote Labor.

Senator Webster - Now now.

Senator WRIEDT -Their advice is something which I value. The meetings are always held in the frankest possible atmosphere. It is quite likely that, as time goes by, with their advice and with the actions of the Government in the sorts of matters with which we have to deal, they will eventually become good supporters of the Government, contrary to the wishes of Senator Webster.

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