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Thursday, 17 November 1938

Mr FROST (Franklin) (12:17 PM) .I move -

That the words " committee consisting of representatives of approved growers' organizations shall review the operations of the board and report to the Minister ", sub-clause ( 1 ) , be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " plebiscite shall be taken of all growers in each State exporting apples and pears to overseas markets".

Under the clause as it now stands, only approved organizations will have the right to recommend to the Minister whether or not the board should continue to function. I suggest that this right belongs to the growers; and after the board has been in operation for three years, the growers would be in a position to know whether or not they wanted it to continue. If it had not worked satisfactorily, they should have the right to vote it out. The organization might say that they were quite satisfied, while the growers themselves were anythingbut satisfied, though they would be unable to voice their opinion. Some honorable members may object that there would be difficulty in taking the vote, but there would be no difficulty in Tasmania at any rate, because there the industry is well organized. In the other States, admittedly, the organization is not so complete. There the growers may ship one year, and not the next. It will be the business of those Statesto organize their industry properly. The growers should be enrolled so that a vote may be taken at the endof three years. The holding of a plebiscite would not harass the board, and I think the Minister should accept the amendment.

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