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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr BREEN (Calare) .- In an attempt to- teach an eminent lawyer his business the bush lawyers in this chamber are- clouding instead of clearing the issue. The Attorney-General (Dr. Evatt) used the term " primary products'", but, in an attempt to define the meaning of "primary products "j honorable members opposite have excluded from the definition one of the principal primary products, meat and meat products. Mutton and lamb possibly come under the term " pastoral industry but beef does not. I cite as my authority for that statement the- reference in the Year Booti to pastoral production ". In that publication the terminology of the word " pastoral " is regarded as not including beef, but the shepherding of sheep, wool production and so on. It can be taken, therefore, that the term " pastoral " is restricted to the raising of sheep, wool production .and activities in connexion therewith. One of the principal primary products that this country has to consider in the post-war period is beef. The Attorney-General has forecast that in an amendment he proposes to move at a later stage he will include meat and meat products in the term " primary products ". I agree with the honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull) that the term " primary products " is sufficiently wide to cover those products which this- Parliament will find it necessary to deal with when it sets about devising schemes for the organized marrketing of such products.

Amendment negatived.

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