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Friday, 22 May 1936


Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Senator Guthrie stated that the opposition to the constitution of the board was negligible. A definite request has been received by the Opposition from a body of wool-growers known as the Selectors Association of Queensland that a protest be made against the suggested constitution of the board. I do not agree with many of the submissions made by this organization, but one phase of its protest justifies consideration. I believe in the principle of grower-control, and, apparently, one section of the growers is likely to be denied representation on the board. I have been trying to discover the appropriate place to move an amendment to rectify this complaint, but have been unable to do so owing to the insane rush the Senate is being compelled to make to conclude its business this evening. I object, and always have objected, to end-of-session rushes of this description. It is impossible under such circumstances to consider intelligently the busi-ness submitted to us. In this particular instance, I have been unable in the time at my disposal to discover the appropriate place to move my amendment, but it appears that this clause affords a fitting: opportunity to . test the... feeling of thecommittee on the subject. I thereforemove -

That all the words after " be '.' sub-clause (2 )' second occurring, be left out, with a view toinsert in lieu thereof the -words "elected by a. ballot of wool-growers liable to the provisions, of the Wool Tax Act 1936".

The object of the amendment is to ensure" that grower-control shall be indisputably the underlying principle of the bill.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.







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