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Tuesday, 17 March 1936

SenatorBRENNAN (Victoria- Acting Attorney-General) [3.5]. - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Under the Financial Relief Act 1934 provision was made for payment of a subsidy of 15s. a ton on all artificial manures used for purposes other than wheat-growing during the year ended the 30th June, 1935. Land cultivated for wheat was excluded because provision was made under other legislation, for assistance to wheat-growers. The closing date for making applications for the subsidy was fixed at the 31st October, 1935, but owing to various circumstances many farmers who would have been entitled to the subsidy failed to submit their applications within the time fixed by the act. One reason was that the closing date for a previous year's subsidy was the 30th November, and apparently a number of farmers thought that they would have until that date for lodging applications under the act passed last year.

Senator Arkins - What was the reason for the alteration of the date?

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