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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I shall be brief, and, like the Minister, will say in connexion with this bill what I might say in regard to the other two bills which are complementary to it. As I said recently, when Senator Guthrie outlined his proposals for the wool industry, the Opposition is in agreement with the provisions of the bill insofar as they tend to benefit the industry, but it is not in agreement with the way in which the bill has been drafted, I, therefore, move -

That all the words after "That" be left out, with a view to insert in lien thereof the following words: - "the bill be withdrawn and redrafted to provide for a ballot of all Australian wool-growers as to whether they favour the proposed levy on wool and/or the method of administration of the fund ".

The Opposition has been asked by the Selectors Association of Queensland, which, I am confident, expresses the view of selectors throughout Australia, to endeavour to obtain for them adequate representation on the controlling body. The association has given a number of reasons for its disagreement with the proposed levy; but with those reasons I do not agree. In my opinion, the only effective way to secure the levy is for the Government to legalize it as the bill proposes. The wool-growers, on whose behalf Senator Guthrie speaks in this chamber, are of the opinion that a levy is essential. The honorable senator gave good reasons for imposing a levy, and his reasons were elaborated by the Minister in charge of the bill. The Opposition stands for producer-control of this and other primary industries, and wishes to be sure that the small selector shall not be squeezed out.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Sampson). - There being no seconder, the amendment lapses. [Quorum formed.]

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