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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr HUTCHINSON (Deakin) (12:17 PM) . - I move -

That in proposed new sub-section (5a.), after the word " Board second occurring, the following words be inserted: - "other than a decision with respect to the allocation of moneys forming part of the fund ".

I dealt fully with the reason for my amendment when speaking to the motion for the second reading of the hill. I again remind honorable members that two classes .of moneys are involved; first, moneys which are made available from the public purse, that is "from the taxpayers as a whole, to finance transactions between the Government and the Government of the United Kingdom; and, secondly, moneys which are derived from a levy upon meat exported, that is, a levy upon the industry itself. Under the principal act the board had certain powers which were largely of an advisory character but in some respects those powers were quite definite because they referred -to measures to improve export methods and the promotion of sales of meat in other countries. The money required to finance such activities was raised by an export levy upon the industry. The objections voiced by the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (Mr. Scully) in his second-reading speech to the suggestion made by honorable members on this side of the chamber to delete the veto power of the chairman arose from the fact that certain public moneys were to be made available to the industry under the scheme. I agree with that contention; and I do not propose to repeat my arguments on the point. Parliament, is responsible for the expenditure of public moneys ; but moneys which are derived from a levy upon the industry fall into a different category, and in respect of such moneys I submit that the chairman should not have the power of veto. My amendment, if carried, will merely restore to the board a power which it originally .enjoyed. I 'submit that, in fairness to the industry which will provide these -moneys, the Minister should accept my amendment.

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