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Wednesday, 18 March 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - I am extremely surprised that the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) should move such an amendment, because in the past he has always claimed that not only the city workers, but also the farmers, should receive a reasonable return for their labour. He now declares that a reasonable return for a wheat-grower should be less than 50s. a week, an admission which he will find it hard to justify in the future. In endeavouring to calculate a wheatgrower's costs, the royal commission on the wheat industry used an amount of £125 a year, but it did not at any stage state that that should be the maximum amount which he should receive.

Senator Collings - And I am not suggesting that it should be. Wheatgrowers are entitled to more than that.

Senator HARDY - Because I believe that they should receive more than 50s. a week, I shall oppose the amendment.

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