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Thursday, 15 July 1926


Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (1:21 AM) . - Although a majority of honorable senators are in favour of the appointment of a commission, I hope that they are not committed to the periods set out in this clause, as the terms for which the commissioners are to be appointed. The main agreement referred to in the bill covers a period of ten years, which is only three years more than the chairman's term of office.


Senator Foll - Marketing will still have to go on.


Senator FINDLEY - I do not think that the commission will be able to do much to find markets for our surplus production. That markets cannot be found is not because there is now no commission in existence. Bather is the reason to be found in the chaotic conditions existing in Europe, and the financial depression there. The restoration of credit in Europe will mean much to Australia. Great Britain is Australia's best customer; but, because of the financial difficulties of other European nations, Great Britain cannot find markets for her products. I agree that markets must be found for our surplus production; but they will not be found by providing a long term of office for the chairman oi the commission. The amendment, if agreed to, would result in better work being done by the commission, because its members, realizing that they were on trial, would endeavour to justify their appointments. There is no guarantee that the work of the commission will be satisfactory. Because I believe that better results would accrue from a reduction of the terms of office of the commissioners, I trust that the amendment will be agreed to.







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