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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - The members of the Opposition do not intend to oppose this measure, which concerns a very important primary product. We regret that, owing to the serious internal difficulties which have manifested themselves recently, the members of the Country party in this chamber are absent, and that we shall not have the benefit of their opinions on. the measure. The Opposition is always pleased to support legislation which curtails the control exercised by private enterprise over the natural products of this country, and places greater power in the hands ofthe

Government. Of course, we have been told on previous occasions in grandiloquent terms by those concerned in the production of wool, or their representatives in this chamber, that the- woolgrowers have never appealed to the Government for assistance. I know that that was true; but their internal problems have now become so great that at last they have decided that improved organization is necessary. They have been advised to engage in an extensive advertising campaign in order that the people of Australia might realize the value of their product, and to enable them to compete against synthetic substitutes. Realizing that the law of the jungle always prevails in private enterprise, the woolgrowers have now appealed to the Government to legalize the methods they have adopted for ensuring that the industry shall be conducted on a more satisfactory basis. We are glad that the Government is coming to their assistance, and we intend to support the bill.

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