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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr WILSON (Wimmera) (4:49 AM) . - I agree with the honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Scully) that land settlement is a matter for State action, but I would not deny that the Commonwealth Government has some responsibility in the matter. I think money for the purpose proposed should be found from some other source. I register my protest against the ear-marking of this amount from the proceeds of a tax intended to provide a home-consumption price for wheat ; but I shall not go further at this stage. The whole subject may be reviewed at the expiry of the five-year term; as the honorable member for Riverina (Mr. Nock) has suggested.

Amendment negatived.

Amendment (by Mr. Nook) agreed to -

That after the word " the " fourth occurring, sub-clause 5, the word " economic " be inserted.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 8 and 9 agreed to.

Clause 10-

Where the Governor-General is satisfied that the legislation of a State providing for the fixing of the prices at which flour or other wheat products may be sold has been so amended, or that such action has been taken thereunder, as to affect prejudicially the position of wheat-growers in that State in respect of wheat sold for home consumption in Australia, the Governor-General may, by notice in the Gazette, suspend, during or in respect of such period as, in his opinion, the position of those wheat-growers is so .prejudicially affected, payments to that State under this act and, thereupon, that State shall not be entitled to receive payments under this act during or in respect of that period.

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