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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- I am not quite sure that honorable senators realize the full significance of this measure. The Minister said that it was not contentious, and, in effect, that it does not mean very much at all. Actually, it rings the death knell of the Australian Dairy Council; as a matter of fact in dealing with this measure at this juncture the Minister is ordering the coffin before the body is dead. This bill is premature. The least the Government could have done was to have waited until the Dairy Produce Export Control Bill had been dealt with. This measure will deprive the Australian Dairy Council of the whole of its funds, and leave it stranded and faced with extinction. In following this course, the Government is wiping out one of 'the most useful bodies which has yet operated in .the dairying industry in Australia. It was created in 1922.

Senator Sir George Pearce - I suggest that if the honorable senator would prefer to debate the other bill first, he should ask for leave to continue his remarks.

Senator GIBSON - I ask leave to continue my remarks at a later hour.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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