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Tuesday, 17 March 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - i Whilst I appreciate the remarks of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) concerning the claims of primary industries, it is well to remember that, in discussing the original measure, a number of honorable senators pointed out the anomaly that in the event of a producer cutting his crop for hay lie would be deprived of the subsidy. At that time the Leader of the Opposition allowed the bill to go through without comment or criticism. The best time to deal with legislation of this kind is when the original measure is submitted to the Parliament. Of course, no government can foresee every difficulty that may arise, and perhaps in future legislation which involves the fixing of a date on which applications for assistance shall close discretion will be given to the Minister to extend the date if he deems it to be desirable to do so. Farmers often meet with difficulties in submitting their applications by a fixed date. The adoption of my suggestion would avoid the necessity for amending legislationand prevent, tirades by the Leader of the Opposition such as that delivered by him this afternoon.

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