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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Sir EARLE PAGE (Cowper) . - I have an amendment which precedes that which the honorable member for Wide Bay (Mr. Corser) wishes to submit. I move -

That, in proposed new. paragraph (i.a.), the word " primary " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words: - " agricultural, pastoral, horticultural, viticultural and dairying ".

In connexion with the proposals submitted at the referendum held in 1937, extraordinary difficulty was experienced in finding a suitable definition of primary products. The advice of many eminent barristers was taken. The AttorneyGeneral (Dr. Evatt) has, on this occasion, already referred to that difficulty and has forecast an amendment which, deals with specific oases. That will unduly limit the field to which the Parliament desires that organized marketing should apply. The definition required should be of a most general character. 'That is the object of my amendment. The amendment forecast by the Attorney-General omits reference to such products as meat, peanuts, maize, barley and oats and their final products. Although 'the marketing of these products directly concerns only two or three States', those States require a system of organized marketing in order to enable them to deal effectively with these products.. As my amendment will, achieve that purpose it should be accepted in preference to the amendment forecast by the Attorney-General which is more limited. I have no objection to the latter amendment being added after that of the Minister. Provision should be made in respect of the marketing of wine which is a manufactured product sold by merchants. The marketing of wine should be maintained on an orderly basis as is the case now under the supervision of the Australian Wine Board.

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