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Friday, 15 November 1935

Senator ABBOTT (New South Wales) . - I had not intended to speak on this bill because the Leader of the Country party in the Senate (Senator Hardy) has already expressed the views of the party; but I now rise 'because of some suggestions made 'by members of the Opposition. The Minister pointed out that the principle underlying this bill is the same as that underlying other legislation dealing with the dried fruits and dairying industries. In those cases control boards were established at the request of the producers themselves. Opposition members seem to have entirely misunderstood the control of the wool industry by Bawra. The wool industry was never compulsorily controlled by Bawra. Should the present 'Opposition ever occupy the treasury bench and attempt to force legislation upon the wool industry, it would do well to remember that " It is manners to wait until one is asked." When the wool industry, which has been the mainstay of Australia through the lean years, sees fit 'to ask for control, it will he time for Parliament to intervene.

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