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Friday, 9 October 1931

Mr PATERSON (Gippsland) .- It is necessary for this bill to be brought down in order that the wish of this House, which was registered when the act was passed nine or twelve months ago, should be given effect. That act provided for the payment of a diminishing bounty - a proposal that is quite unlike what we are accustomed to in connexion with customs duties, which rather have the habit of growing. The bounties were to bc paid on a 15 per cent, ad valorem basis for last year and this year, 10 per cent, for next year and the year after, and 1\ per cent, for the year 1935, when they were to cease. But in view of the fact that this House, by other legislation, has reduced all bounties by 20 per cent, - the gold bounty to an even greater extent - actually the 15 per cent, is reduced to 12 per cent, on the market value of the. flax and linseed for last year and this year, the 10 per cent, to 8 per cent, on the market value for next year and the year after, and the 7-J per cent, to 6 per cent, on the market value for 1935. As the act stands at present, while the growers can- obtain the bounty on the linseed itself, they cannot do so on the flax, because they are excluded from it by the presence of the word " combed " in the definition of "flax," which makes it impossible to pay the bounty on flax that is not combed. This measure will put matters right, and I support it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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