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Wednesday, 18 March 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - The Opposition will support this bill, which will grant to the growers of apples and pears relief, which will, in some measure, compensate them for the low prices which their products have realized for some time past. The Opposition is also pleased that the Government, which believes in private enterprise, has been obliged to step in and assist this and other industries by assuming at least a partial control over them. Evidently the Government now recognizes that private enterprise cannot he trusted to do the job.

Senator Hardy - Ever since it was formed the Country party has believed in orderly marketing.

Senator COLLINGS - We know what the Country party stands for, because we had a sample of it this afternoon in the unedifying family brawl between Sena tor Hardy and . Senator E. B. Johnston. We do not need to be told what the Country party believes in, because we know that it stands for the highest possible protection for primary products, and the lowest possible protection for those other industries in which the main body of industrial workers are engaged. I have no desire to delay the passage of the bill by replying further to interjections. The Opposition welcomes this measure, first, because it will assist a section of primary producers, and secondly, because it shows that the Government is beginning to realize that private enterprise cannot be trusted to do the job and must be taught.

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