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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr SCULLY (Gwydir) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) . - My answer to the honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull) is "No". I cannot accept the amendment of the honorable member for Indi (Mr. McEwen). I do not consider that there is any necessity for it. The present assets will be transferred to the new board.

Amendment negatived.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 11 to 17 agreed to.

Clause18- (2.) In determining the price to be paid by the board to a grower for wheat of any wheat season, the board shall take into account the net proceeds of the whole of the wheat delivered to it in respect of that season, but in any event the price so to be paid for fair average quality bagged wheat shall not be less than five shillings and two pence per bushel free on rail at the port from which it isnormally exported. ( 3. ) From any payment required' to be made by the Board under this section deductions may be made by the Board on account of any or all of the following matters : -

(c)   Transport charges to the terminal port from the place at which the wheat is delivered to the Board or to the licensed receiver; and

(d)   Any other expenses, including administration, interest and storage charges incurred by the Board in disposing of the wheat. (4.) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2.) of this section, where the Board is satisfied that any wheat which has been acquired by it was harvested in contravention of this Act or. of the provisions of any State Act the price which shall be paid by the Board for that wheat shall be -

(a)   five shillings and two pence per bushel ; or

(b)   the net proceeds of the disposal of a similar quantity of wheat of the same season and quality, whichever is the lower.

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