Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


A. McKinnon


Western Australia, Pastoral statistics, Farm production, Economy.

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TOWARDS the end of March or early in April you should have received an envelope containing two copies of a Statistical Form A.P. 19, one of which you were requested to complete and forward to the Government Statistician with particulars of your farm, orchard or station. I wonder whether your first thoughts on opening the envelope were "What's the use of all these details" or "Why can't they make the period coincide with my tax return" or perhaps "Well, I had better fill it in to avoid getting into trouble." I hope you did not adopt that negative attitude because this inquiry can have important bearing on you as an individual and on the well-being of the rural industry which plays such an important part in the Australian economy.