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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3434

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Agriculture) - in reply- Very briefly, I thank Senator Marriott for his comments and the support of the Opposition for this legislation. As he pointed out, there are very great problems in this industry. The present scheme which is being extended under this legislation is being carried on from the initiatives of the previous Government. We believe it has been of benefit to the industry, especially in Tasmania. It has helped a lot of fruit growers. One may argue the philosophical question as to whether we should be destroying fruit trees in a world that needs more food. It is a pity the proposition was not as simple as that. I am sure that Senator Marriott appreciates that it is much more difficult. Nevertheless the continuation of the scheme is sought by the industry generally and I believe that the Senate should pass this measure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

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