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Tuesday, 8 November 1938


Mr LANE (Barton) .- I agree in large measure with the honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) on this matter, and I give notice that I shall move an amendment providing that the suspension or cancellation of the licence for which provision is made in sub-clause 4 shall be after consultation with, and not on the recommendation of, the board. I maintain that the growers should not be required to go before a. magistrate. Probably they would have to employ a lawyer, and before they knew where, they were they would find themselves in an unholy mess. I have prosecuted before the courts for many years, and I know that you can get more justice outside courts than inside them. With all due respect to the legal fraternity, I believe that the method of round-table conferences away from lawyers and magistrates altogether is the better way. I do not propose to follow the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost) into all the details of his experiences with the export authorities. My opinion, however, is that if he packed fruit of the wrong size, contrary to the regulations, he deserved to be prosecuted. The grower is not the only person to be protected. The public also, and the good name of this country, must be protected. As for the other incidents which the honorable member related, I believe that if he reported to the proper authorities the inspector responsible they would very soon be able to learn whether the man was a fool or not.







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