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Thursday, 1 December 1960

Mr ADERMANN (Fisher) (Minister for Primary Industry) . - in reply - I appreciate the support honorable members have given this measure. It is pleasing to see recognized the good work of boards which do so much for our economy by finding markets for our exports. The honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) said that he hoped that in future the representative of the Tasmanian exporters would be a man from Tasmania. I point out to him that the act requires that now. Therefore, the honorable member can be assured on that point.

As to the bank, I remind the honorable member for Lalor that sometimes it is necessary to take advantage of facilities offered by banks other than the Commonwealth Bank; but, where central bank facilities are normally available, the boards are required to make use of them. The honorable member need have no worries on that score. Again I express appreciation of the support accorded this measure, which, T am sure, will be of great benefit to the industry.

The honorable member also mentioned the qualifications of the chairman of the board. The important question there is: Can he sell apples?

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

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