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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - I have not had time to read this bill in detail, but it seems to follow very largely the form of the Dairy Produce Act, for instance, which was enacted a. coupleof years ago. Insofar as there is to be one member to represent the grape-growers, I, personally, have no objection. The point I raise is that this organization is called a control board, but does it really control? We have a large number of these organizations, and, no doubt, they are excellent, representing interests of different kinds. The object of this board is to control the sale of our wines outside Australia. It has come to my knowledge during the last few months, and I think it is fairly general know ledge, that this board desired to cut out the minimum selling price in Great Britain. I am not certain whether the members of the board were unanimous in regard to that, but I understand that the recommendation was definite, and that it was turned down by Ministerial decision. The point I stress is this - can we call a control board one which cannot even control the price at which wine is to be sold overseas?

Senator Hardy - It might have control of many other factors besides price.

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