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Wednesday, 24 July 1946


Dame ENID LYONS (Darwin) . - I strongly support the honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Guy), and urge the Minister to accept the honorable member's amendment. He has advanced valid reasons in support of it. I suggest that all States are not in comparable positions, even as regards one industry. In the State which I represent there is a set of circumstances which are unique in the Commonwealth. Tasmania, being an island, has to contend with difficulties with which no other States have to deal. Tasmania's position is peculiar under this bill, because of its transport ' problems. Eat lambs are produced in that State on a smaller scale than in the other States, particularly as compared with Victoria, but the percentage of first-grade fat lambs produced there is the highest in the Commonwealth. I understand that 83.4 per cent,, of the output is of first-grade quality.


Mr Guy - Equal to Canterbury lambs.


Dame ENID LYONS - As the honorable member reminded me, they have been pronounced on the Smithfield market to be equal to lambs from Canterbury, in New Zealand. The industry in Tasmania produces these Iambs partly because of the favorable .climatic conditions in that State, but largely, because of the scientific manner in which the industry has been established there. The State Department of Agriculture sent its officers out to instruct .prospective producers of fat lambs as to the' best means of laying down pastures. The industry was growing rapidly when the war intervened. Had it not been for the war, I believe that the output of the industry would' have been much greater than it is at present. If the consideration to be given to Tasmania is to be determined by the quantity of meat' it now produces this measure will be considered on a false basis. Expansion of the industry in Tasmania is inevitable, and because of the high quality of the meat produced it is necessary that special representation of the, State should be provided for under the bill. I cannot accept the view that similar conditions operate throughout the Commonwealth, and that people engaged in the industry in one State fully appreciate the conditions which apply in others.

Amendment' negatived.







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