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Wednesday, 7 August 1946


Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) .- I move -

That the bill be now recommitted to 'a committee of the whole House for reconsideration.

My reason for doing so is that I consider it was quite wrong for the Chairman to put the question, " That thebill be taken as a whole ". The measure contains eight clauses. The usual procedure is that each clause shall be put to the committee separately. Sometimes a chairman, in order to cause a bill to be passed quickly, especially if it is an embarrassing measure, may ask whether it is the pleasure of the committee that the bill be taken as a whole. I do not regard that as correct procedure. The clauses should be called one by one. When that question was put to the committee some honorable members were otherwise engaged. Honorable members are entitled to an opportunity to consider each clause, andI protest most strongly against the method adopted to push this bill through. I desire to discuss certain aspects of ministerial control of the meat industry, and, particularly, the provision to establish a producer-controlled board, having special regard to a short provision which the Minister had included in the bill in order to make the board subservient to the political party in office for the time being.







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