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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr SPEAKER -Order ! The honorable member will be in order in debating the disposition of the money in the stabilization fund, but not in referring to the 1945-46 crop.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - A ten-year period should be substituted for the proposed five-year- period.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The bill does not contain any reference to a period. It relates to the payment of money into a fund, and the disposition of it. The honorable member will be quite in order in referring to growers who may withdraw from the fund.

Mr Archie Cameron - I rise to order. By clause 6, the bill declares -

This act shall continue in operation until a date (not being earlier than the thirtieth day of September, One thousand nine hundred and fifty). . .

Clause 4 states - (1.) A charge is imposed and shall be levied and paid -

(a)   on all wheat harvested on or after the first day of October, One thousand nine hundred and fortyfive. . . .

Therefore, I respectfully submit that the bill does contain references to a period, and that the honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull) would be in order were he to discuss the need for either shortening or lengthening it. '

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member's comments .have not convinced me that I should alter my ruling.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - In stressing the necessity for a provision to protect those growers who withdraw from the scheme through no fault of their own, I am submitting a legitimate case. If the bill is to conform to the standard of British justice that we enjoy, the Minister must agree to such a safeguard.

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