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Wednesday, 7 July 1920

Mr HUGHES - Solomon is dead. I think his reputation would have suffered if he had been given a job like mine. In answer to the honorable member I have to say that the inclusion of the wool in the old or new clip would depend upon the circumstances. What was the position before the war? If a man commenced to shear at Cooper's Creek at the end of May, and if the country were flooded, then under the conditions existing twenty years ago he could never have got that wool down to port in time for shipment on the 30th June. In that case it would always be treated as in the next year's clip. I am not attempting to decide particular cases, but I am going to say that the principle that obtained before the war obtains now. It will not apply to a man who deliberately holds his wool back with a view to getting it into the new clip. The question was raised on Friday last, and I will say that if a man has bonafide been unable to get his wool down to port so that it might be available for shipment or appraisement, or to be placed in bond or warehouse by the 30th June, he is very properly entitled to have it considered as falling into the new clip. Whether the delay in the transit of the wool is due to drought or floods is not material. The question is whether the geographical, climatic, or other circumstances of this great country are such at any time as to prevent the grower getting his wool down in a certain time. If the grower is in that position the wool goes into the new clip.

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