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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1908

Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(5.27) —I see that honourable senators are tending to dig in a bit in their respective positions, but I wish to make a final plea on the question of grower control. One of the reasons that the Government extended the number to 10 was to preserve, like one preserves dried fruits, all those growers on the Board of the Corporation. We want to preserve them. We just want to enhance the capacity of the Board by introducing a bit of new, imaginative and lateral thinking, which I know might be repugnant to some honourable senators but which I think would be in the interests of this industry, as it is in the interests of any industry. I again commend the legislation to the Senate, in spite of the grave adversity I clearly face from people who have some of the qualities of the fruit which we have been talking about.

Question put:

That the amendments (Senator Macklin's) be agreed to.