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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1909


Senator COLLARD(5.41) —by leave-I move:

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the following amendments:

(1) Page 2, clause 2, proposed new paragraphs 6 (3) (d) and (e), lines 20 and 21, leave out the proposed paragraphs.

(2) Page 2, clause 2, proposed new paragraphs 6 (4) (d) and (e), lines 27 and 28, leave out the proposed paragraphs.

(3) Page 2, clause 2, proposed new paragraphs 6 (5) (d) and (e), lines 34 and 35, leave out the proposed paragraphs.

The purpose of these requests is as I outlined in my speech during the second reading debate. We recognise that the percentage of payments laid down for the equalisation of currants, sultanas and raisins is as indicated by an Industries Assistance Commission report. I also acknowledge that the Australian Democrats have circulated requests which are in accordance with the industry's wishes. I point out, as did the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button) that the industry put its case to the IAC. The Opposition wants to use the IAC as a yardstick even though there are times when we would disagree with some of its recommendations and also some of its reasons for them. However, in this case, we think that to drop back to an equalisation payment of 15 per cent for each of the varieties of dried vine fruits is too much. That is the reason for my moving the requests which basically take out proposed new section 6 sub-sections (3) (d) and (e), (4) (d) and (e) and (5) (d) and (e). We want the IAC to look once again at the dried fruit industry in 1988 because we think that it will then find that a 15 per cent equalisation payment is too low. As I have said, the requests would delete proposed new section 6 sub-sections (3) (d) and (e), (4) (d) and (e) and (5) (d) and (e), accept the IAC recommendations to 1988 and then have the IAC look at the matter once again.