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Wednesday, 17 July 1946


Mr McEWEN (Indi) . - I recognize that the Minister stated a fact when he said that if the proclamation of the act were deferred until October, 1946, the election of the Wheat Industry Stabilization Board, and all associated matters, would be delayed. Ordinarily, that would be a very powerful argument in rebuttal. However, I support the honorable mem-ber for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron),, because his amendment is designed to. take whatever action is open to him to block what' he, I, and all other honorable members on this side of the chamber regard as an obnoxious legislative proposal. I would support any amendment calculated to prevent or delay the operation of this retrospective legislation. At the most, the acceptance of the amendment would merely have the effect of preventing any action taken under the legislation from becoming operative until there had been an appeal to the people in a few months hence. That, in itself, is sufficient reason for my strong support of the amendment.







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