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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) .- What will be the position of the Government after a grower of wheat has appealed to and obtained a decision from the High Court? I am confident that an appeal will be made to the High Court in New South Wales. I am equal y confident that the High Court will declare that the Commonwealth Government cannot deduct any amount from the receipt? from the 1945-46 crop, and that it must, pay to the growers the full realization... . Would it not be better to provide now for a contingency which must arise, instead pf waiting until the Hgh Court has given its decision, when, if the statement of the Minister be correct, the bill will have to be recast and returned to this Parliament for reconsideration? I cannot understand the attitude of the Ministry on this matter. To my mind, it has neither a legal nor a moral right to take this wheat under the proposed conditions, and place it in the stabilization scheme. This is retrospective legislation of the worst character. If the Government refuses to recognize what is a fair thing, the legislation will be upset in the courts. The Government- has been warned. Should the present Ministry be in office when the legislation is returned to this Parliament for reconsideration, we shall have much to say to it.

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