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Wednesday, 21 October 1931

Mr LATHAM (Kooyong) .- I think that the honorable member for Angas misunderstood theposition. I understood it to be as stated by the Prime Minister.

The first point that I mentioned in connexion with this bill may appear to he a trifling one. I draw attention to the fact that in the Wheat Bounty Bill " wheat " is defined as meaning "wheat, harvested in Australia between the first day of October One thousand nine hundred and thirty-one and the thirty-first day of March One thousand nine hundred and thirty-two." I have not turned up the meaning of " between but I should think that it refers to the period between the two dates, and excludes them. Wheat harvested on the 2nd October conies within the terms of the measure, but wheat harvested on the 1st October does not. In the Wheat Charges Bill the definition of wheat is - " Wheat " means wheat produced in Australia during the period commencing on the first day of October one thousand nine hundred and thirty-one, and ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundredand thirty -two.

There, plainly, both the first of October and the thirty-first of March are included. Why should there be the word " harvested " in one measure, the word " produced " in another, " between " two date in one bill and " during a period " beginning on one date and ending on another date in the second measure?

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I shall take steps to have the terms made identical in another place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 - Charge on wheat.

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