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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr BOWDEN (Gippsland) . - I support the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Wide Bay (Mr. Corser) and am unable to accept the Attorney-General's dictum that it has no application to the subject matter of the hill. Apparently, a different attitude is to be taken in respect of this proposed amendment from that taken on the other two bills in which provisos on somewhat similar lines were inserted. Why is this distinction drawn? If it is merely a matter of terminology, I am sure the honorable member for Wide Bay will consent to an alteration of his proposed amendment to conform with what the Attorney-General believes might be the correct verbiage. Honorable members opposite ask " What is the meaning of the term ' socialization of the means of production ' ? ". If anybody should know what that means, honorable members opposite who have placed it as the first plank in the platform of the party which they represent in this chamber should know. has no meaning to them, it has no meaning at all. I would prefer to see the wording of the proposed amendment altered to read, " but not so as to involve any control of production ". It is held by many authorities that marketing cannot be successfully organized without control of production. The

Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (Mr. 'Scully) found during the war that this was necessary to the -success of marketing schemes. I want to ensure that the primary producer shall not be conscripted. I agree with the honorable member for Wide Bay that if anything will contribute to- the defeat of this proposal it will be a fear among the people that primary producers will be conScripted for the production of primary products. I wish to be in a position to tell the primary producers in my electorate that that is not contemplated.

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