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Thursday, 19 November 1936


Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) . - If the position is as stated by the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce), further light is thrown on the proposal under consideration. Replying to Senator Marwick, the right honorable gentleman said that any State may stand out of the scheme unless it makes a request to come in. Are we to understand that a State which does not desire to participate in the butter equalization scheme is able to trade interstate in butter, although it has not sent its quota overseas ? I understand that a fundamental principle of that scheme is that no State may export butter to another State unless it has sent its quota overseas. If Senator Payne's amendment means that only those States which make requests to join such schemes will come within the scope of this legislation, that is all the more reason why it should receive support.

Senator JamesMcLachlan said that amendments of the Government's proposal are undesirable. I ask him what purpose is served in discussing the bill if it is not capable of amendment. Why spend two days in discussing a measure, if any attempt to alter it is undesirable?


Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I expressed only my own opinion.


Senator HERBERT HAYS - That opinion is not shared by honorable senators generally. Every honorable senator is entitled to move any amendment which he thinks will improve the bill. In my opinion, the amendment moved by Senator Payne defines the Government's intention more clearly than does the proposed new section as drafted.







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