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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- Surely the Commission will remain in existence until the liability is liquidated.

Mr Hughes - Their function will cease when their duties have been performed. Necessarily the power of the Commonwealth will remain. We shall still control the scheme, and have a lien over the whole of it.

Mr TUDOR - The Commonwealth will practically have a mortgage until the money is paid by the States, and until the farmers have paid the State Governments for the silos, the Commission will be in existence.

Mr Hughes - The Commonwealth Government will exercise its lien until the

States repay the money. The States will, in their turn, exercise whatever control they please over the farmer, until the silos have been paid for.

Mr Pigott - In view of the explanation given by the Prime Minister, I ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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