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Tuesday, 17 March 1936

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Acting Attorney-General) .- The 31st October was the closing date fixed originally for the receipt of applications last year, but experience has shown that this year many applications ave likely to bc received after this date. Accordingly, it is proposed to extend the period for a further two months. In the case of the 1934-35 season, there were various reasons why .the closing da'e should be extended to April, 1936. Tor instance, certain persons had been advised to submit applications after the closing date originally fixed. Again, some persons would not have received the necessary application forms before the closing date. These reasons are not likely to obtain in respect of applications for the present season. For the current year, however, there is no reason why those entitled to the subsidy should not submit applications by the 31st December, as that will be six months after they have used the fertilizer. We have not been unmindful of the peculiarities of human nature, but we do not think that there can be any possible injustice in fixing the date at the 3l8t December.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - At some country post offices the necessary forms were not available.

Senator BRENNAN - They will be available this year. Difficulties arose last year because some country post offices apparently were not supplied with the necessary forms. No such complaint can be made this year.

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