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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator MARWICK (Western Australia) . - In my second-reading speech yesterday, I asked the Minister in charge of the bill a question to which I did not receive a reply, probably because his time expired before he had concluded his speech. I desire now to repeat my question : Should the proposals submitted to the electors be agreed to by a majority of the people in a majority of the States, will it be obligatory on all the States to participate in any marketing scheme which may be established even though not in favour of it?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - It would be, if Senator Payne's amendment were carried, but not otherwise.

Senator MARWICK - If a State which desired to stand out, may be forced to join such a scheme, I cannot see any virtue in the amendment.

Senator Payne - My proposal relates to schemes inaugurated at the request of the States.

Senator MARWICK - Would the scheme apply throughout Australia, if accepted by the people?

Senator Duncan-Hughes - The States would be forced to join unless an amendment along the lines of that moved by Senator Payne be agreed to.

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