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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

In Committee(Consideration of Senate's amendments) : -

Clause 2 -

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears - "Black labour" includes all forms of coloured labour whether half-caste or of full blood. " White-grown cane or beet " means sugarcane or beet produced on a white plantation and in the production of which white labour only has been employed after the first day of January One thousand nine hundred and seven, or for a period of twelve months immediately preceding the delivery thereof for manufacture or (in respect of the cane crop which will be cut in the year1906) from the commencement of this Act to the delivery of the cane crop for manufacture. " White plantation " means a plantation particularized in a notice of intention to claim bounty whether given in pursuance of the regulations in force under this Act or the Sugar Bounty Act 1903.

Senate's Amendment.- Leave out "Black," line 3, insert " Coloured " ; after " employed," line 9, insert " (a) " ; after " or," line 11, insert " (b) " ; leave out " (in respect of the cane crop which will be cut in the year 1906) from the commencement of this Act to the delivery of the cane crop for manufacture " insert " (c) in the case of cane cut in the year One thousand nine hundred and six after the expiration of one month after the commencement of this Act."

Clause 3 -

After the first day of January One thousand nine hundred and seven, there shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is hereby appropriated accordingly, to every grower of white-grown cane or beet within the Commonwealth a bounty, at the rates provided by this Act, on all such cane or beet delivered for manufacture after that date and before the first day of January One thousand nine hundred and twelve.

Senate's Amendment.- Leave out " twelve," line 10, insert "thirteen."

Clause 5 (Bounty not payable in certain cases) -

Senate's Amendment.- Leave out " black," insert "coloured" (consequential).

Clause 6 -

The rates of bounty payable under this Act shall be as follow : -

(a)   In the case of sugar-cane - six shillings per ton calculated on cane giving ten per centum of sugar, to be increased or decreased proportionately according to any variation from this standard ; and

(b)   In the case of beet - sixty shillings per ton on the sugar-giving contents of the beet.

Senate's Amendment.- Leave out " the," line 10, insert " actual " ; add to clause, " Provided that the rates payable on all such cane or beet delivered during the years 191 1 and 1912 shall be respectively two-thirds and one-third of the aforesaid rates."

Clause 8a -

Senate's Amendment.- After clause 8 insert the following new clause : - 8a. Every grower of white-grown sugar who claims the bounty payable under this Act, shall, in making such claim, certify to the Minister the rate of wages paid to any. labour employed by him, other than the labour of members of his family. If the Minister finds that such rate of wages is below the standard rate paid in the district in which the sugar is grown, to similar white labour engaged in that industry; then the Minister may withhold the whole or any part of the bounty payable.







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