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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 651


Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (12.29 p.m.) —When these consultations take place we do not just consult with the national organisations that represent whatever industry may be considering a levy. Quite often there are no national organisations. One of the difficulties in horticulture is that there are not well established representative organisations that just represent a particular horticultural industry. In the consultations that occur, if there is a national organisation—and invariably it does not represent everyone anyway because there is not compulsory membership of all growers in a national organisation—the government will not just listen to that national organisation.

  There may be a state organisation—not just in Western Australia but in other states as well—or there may be an organisation of growers in one particular part of a state; we would require notice and consultation. It may well be that the NFF represents a group of growers in a particular region; we will consult with them. We will consult with everyone. But at the end of the day, when the decision is required, it will require a clear majority and the government will act on its assessment of a clear majority.

  Bills agreed to.

  Bills reported without amendment; report adopted.