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Wednesday, 23 March 1927

Senator J B HAYES (Tasmania) . - I desire to assist the Government to pass this measure, but I do not accept the Minister's dictum that because the pearlers say it is all right, we must accept it without debate. If I am given the assurance that each owner will have only one vote, it will go a long way towards clearing away any compunction that I have against voting for the bill.

Senator PEARCE - That is my interpretation, and that of Senator McLachlan.

Senator J B HAYES - Senator Pearcesaid that this bill was drafted on the lines of the act relating to the export of butter. I know at least one butter-producing company which owns a number of small factories. Will the Minister tell me whether each of those factories has a vote? If it has, it would be a fair thing to give each lugger a vote.

Senator Crawford - When elections to the board are being held a butter factory has a vote for every 100 tons qf butter produced.

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