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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) .- The object of the bill is to assist the apple and pear industry, and in order to do this it has been decided to set up a hoard comprising growers and exporters nf apples and pears. Fu less the proposed board be armed with the necessary powers it will not function properly, and it is essential that the grower? should have some protection against possible misunderstanding or victimization. The board, as has been pointed out. will not lightly cancel a grower's or nui exporter's licence, lt will do so only if it is convinced that there has been a contravention of the regulations. Under the amendment a police or stipendiary magistrate will be vested with more power than will be possessed by the board itself, and there is nothing to indicate on what ground the court may reverse the decision of the board. A police magistrate may have his own opinion on the board's policy.

Mr Archie Cameron - And different magistrates may hold different views.

Mr ANTHONY - That is so. I agree that some measure of protection is necessary for the grower or for the exporter who may lose his licence and, as a result, may suffer great monetary loss, if not actual 7'u 111. Therefore, the Minister should determine whether or nut a licence should be restored. As the clause stands he has not that power. He may be convinced that a grower or exporter has been victimized, but unless the board recommends the restoration of a cancelled licence, the Minister will be powerless. I suggest further consideration of sub-clause 4 which should be amended in order to give the Minister wider authority. The elimination of the words "on report by the board " would meet the case, because the clause would then give the grower the privilege of a direct appeal to the Minister. I give notice of my intention to move for the re-committal of the clause at a later stage.

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