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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Dr EVATT (Barton) (AttorneyGeneral and Minister for External Affairs) . - The committee has taken the bill to the stage where the Commonwealth Parliament will have power to make laws providing for the organized marketing of primary products. The honorable member for Wide Bay (Mr. Bernard Corser) agrees that the Commonwealth should have power to make laws for the organized marketing of primary products, but he adds a condition which reads, " but not so as to authorize any form of socialization ". Socialization of what ? Of the means of production thereof? The means of production of primary products constitute the land', the fertilizer, and the instruments of tillage ; they are the thing3 with which the products are produced, and therefore to say we should have power over organized marketing of primary products but not over the means of production thereof introduces a completely foreign and unrelated topic. The honorable member's amendment has nothing to do with the marketing of primary products and therefore cannot be accepted.

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