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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- I was rather inclined to support the Minister's contention that the grower is fully protected until he referred to clauses 8 and 9. Clause 8 merely provides that a person shall not obtain or attempt to obtain payment of any bounty which is not payable by means of any false or misleading statement. What does that mean?

Senator Badman - That does not mean payment to the grower.

Senator LECKIE - Under clause S, an exporter is not compelled to pay the bounty to the grower.

Senator Brennan - Under that clause, a penalty is provided for an infringement of the act, and clause 9 gives to the Minister power to withhold payment in certain circumstances.

Senator LECKIE - Clause 6 provides that the exporter of the oranges shall pay to the grower the amount of the bounty received by him, but it does not say that he has to pay the grower before the oranges are exported. I am somewhat doubtful concerning the actual position; I believe that the grower should be more fully protected.

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