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Wednesday, 7 December 1960


Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) .- -I have listened closely to the debate and to the remarks of the honorable member for Macquarie (Mr. Luchetti) about the production of pyrites. I think that the honorable member could not have looked closely at clause 10, which deals with registration of premises. Clause 10(1.) reads -

A person who was, on the first day of December, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-

Not so long ago - carrying on the production of pyrites at premises may, on or before the first day of June, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixtyone, apply to the Minister for the registration of those premises.


Mr Luchetti - But he must have been producing on 1st December.


Mr TURNBULL - I have read out that fact. That means that registration is necessary. Sub-clause (2.) reads -

The Minister may require an applicant under this section to furnish such information as the Minister considers necessary for the purposes of this Act, and may refuse to register the premises until the information is furnished to his satisfaction.

Stocktaking, inspection of accounts and so on, have to be gone through, of course, in relation to registration. Those things are very necessary when the payment of a bounty from public money is involved. I cannot see how the honorable member for Macquarie can take exception to the registration of premises in this case, because it is so necessary. He made a plea for the extension of the subsidy beyond the date provided for in the clause. I say that the date provided in the measure is such that an opportunity has been given to people to bring themselves under the bounty provisions.

We all approve of the payment of the bounty on the production of pyrites for the manufacture of sulphuric acid, and are anxious to see it continued. We do so because we realize the great value to our primary industries of superphosphate. We have to get superphosphate as cheaply as possible. Primary producers such as wheatgrowers and fat lamb raisers find this fertilizer of great benefit to them and to Australia.

This does not concern me, but I was rather surprised that the honorable member for Macquarie should attack the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. Browne). It seems to me that this was the first shot fired in the campaign for the next general election. It seemed as though the honorable member for Macquarie was trying to make out that the honorable member for Kalgoorlie knew nothing about this subject, but that the former member for Kalgoorlie, whom we all respected, knew all about these things. But the former honorable member for Kalgoorlie was the very man who was robbed of his pre-selection and endorsement by the Labour Party. Now the honorable member for Macquarie comes in here and tries to make out what a great man that former honorable member was.


Mr Pollard - Why don't you grow up?


Mr TURNBULL - Of course, the honorable member for Lalor passes some insulting remark, and his attitude would no doubt be supported by other honorable members opposite when I speak on such a subject as this. Every one in this House knows what happened to the former honorable member for Kalgoorlie, so I was rather surprised that the honorable member for Macquarie and the honorable member for Lalor should praise him. The former honorable member for Kalgoorlie was the man whom the Labour Party, in a disgraceful way, denied pre-selection and endorsement and so banned him from this House. So, how the honorable member for Macquarie could make an attack on the present member for Kalgoorlie in the face of these facts is beyond comprehension.







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