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Friday, 15 November 1935

Senator GRANT (Tasmania) . - I ask the Minister to explain the significance of the provision that moneys lodged in the bank to the credit of the Meat Export Fund shall be held to be "moneys of the Crown". What would be the position of a claimant who brought an action against the board for heavy damages? Would he be prevented by this provision from obtaining damages against the board?

SenatorBRENNAN (Victoria- Assistant Minister) [3.30]. - The honorable senatorwill find that a later clause of the bill touches upon the subject which he has raised. The members of the board are not personally liable for anything which they have done in good faith. Doubtless the honorable senator is concerned because the clause provides that the moneys shall be held to be moneys of the Crown, but that does not invest the board with what is legally termed the " shield of the Crown ". The board is liable to be sued as a corporation, but the fact that its moneys are to be safeguarded does not place its members on a higher pinnacle than they would otherwise be.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 23 to 28 agreed to.

Schedule agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Motion (by Senator Brennan) proposed -

That the report be adopted.

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