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Thursday, 8 August 1946

The CHAIRMAN - Order! This afternoon there have been far too many interjections from honorable gentlemen on both sides of the chamber. The Chair will be forced to deal with honorable gentlemen who continue to contravene the Standing Orders in this way.

Mr ABBOTT - I move-

That all the words after "Fund" be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words: - " shall be distributed within six months of the passing of this Act amongst wool-growers who submitted wool for appraisement during the period of the operations of the Central Wool Committee so that each such wool-grower shall be entitled to an amount which bears the same proportion to the total credit of the fund as his payments from the Central Wool Committee bore to the total sum so distributed by the committee".

The object of the amendment is to ensure that the £7,000,000 odd standing to the credit of the fund, which really belongs to the wool-growers, shall be distributed among them in the manner set out. There is precedent for dealing with a surplus of this description in this way, for .the surplus in the sheep-skin account in connexion with the wool . disposal scheme of 1916-20 was distributed by this method, and the wool-growers offered no objection to it. There is no reason to suppose that they would object to the distribution that I am 'now proposing. . Honorable gentlemen opposite, including the Minister in charge of the bill, have said that it would be impracticable to distribute this money equitably among all growers entitled to participate in such a distribution. I disagree. I believe, . that if the money were distributed according to the proposal I have made the growers would be satisfied.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The Chair has had the opportunity to consider the proposed amendment of the honorable gentleman, and finds that it would alter the purpose of the appropriation approved by the House. The amendment is therefore out of order.

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