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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - I move -

That the hill be now read a second time.

The object of this bill is to include in the Dairy Export Control Act 1924-38 certain provisions which already exist in other corresponding acts under which the export and overseas marketing of Australian products are controlled.

Under the principal act the GovernorGeneral is empowered to take certain action for the purpose of enabling the Australian Dairy Produce Board effectively to control the export and sale, and distribution after export, of Australian butter and cheese; but the general powers and functions of the board appointed to administer the act are not clearly defined.

The constitution of the existing board was amended in 1935 to permit the incorporation of the functions of the Australian Dairy. Council in those of the Australian Dairy Produce Board. The Australian Dairy Council was a voluntary organization financed by a fee imposed under the Commerce (Export Dairy Produce) Regulations on butter and cheese exported. The council interested itself in the affairs of the dairying industry within the Commonwealth, whilst the Dairy Produce Control Board controlled exports. The council, amongst other things, rendered financial assistance in certain interests to improve conditions in the industry, and the new organization has continued to assist along similar lines. It has now been shown, however, that the Australian Dairy Produce Board has no statutory authority to give the dairying industry assistance in many directions, such as -

(a)   Assistance for the training of dairy factory operatives - either by bursaries or contributions to the establishment or improvement of a State dairy college.

(b)   Contributions to funds for an advertising campaign for Australian dairy produce; and

(c)   Subscriptions to the funds of the Australian Institute of Dairy Factory Managers and Secretaries to promote, by competitions, improved methods of manufacture.

Consequently it is regarded as important that the principal act shall be amended in order to remove any undue limitations of the board's activities.

Clause 2 of the bill defines the general powers granted to the board, and gives the board authority to do certain things which it is considered essential such a board should be enabled to do for the satisfactory administration of the act.

Authority for the expenditure of its funds in the course of exercising its powers and functions is provided in clause 3, the object of which is similar to that in the acts constituting similar boards in other industries.

The dairying industry is being organized during the war with the assistance of a special committee, the majority of the members of which are also members of the Australian Dairy Produce Board. The staff and organization of that body are also being used extensively by the committee. It is desirable, therefore, that the statutory position of the board be clearly defined.







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