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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator COOPER (Queensland) . - The Leader of the Opposition (SenatorCoaxings) has mentioned the need for a poll of producers. Scanningthe amendments made by the House of Representatives, I find that provision has been made for a poll to be taken in 1940. That is some time distant, but it will give those wool-growers who are not in favour of the levy, and who do not wish to carry it on, an opportunity to do away with it. The amount of the levy, however, is so small - it is less thanonefiftieth of a penny per lb. - that even if the probable advance of price is only one-tenth of a penny per lb. the return from the investment will be substantial. I commend the bill, which is a noteworthy contribution to the solution of the problems which confront the industry. Can the ActingAttorneyGeneral (Senator Brennan) say whether British manufacturers are to contribute to the fund?

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