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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr BLACKBURN (Bourke) . - I said that the object of the homeconsumption price was to enable the producer to dispose of the whole of his product at a price which, levelling everything up, would be as high as possible. The honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) took me up, and said that it was not the purpose of the scheme that the grower should be able to dispose of the whole of his products. I point out that the preamble contains these words : -

And whereas the Premiers on behalf of their respective States undertook that, if the Commonwealth agreed to co-operate in the said scheme, legislation would be passed by the said States providing for the fixing of such prices for flour sold for home consumption in Australia as would provide for wheat-growers a payable average price on all the wheat produced by them.

That was the meaning assigned to it by the Premier of New South Wales, Mr. Stevens, at the conference in Canberra.

Preamble agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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