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Tuesday, 6 April 1965

Senator BENN (Queensland) .- The purpose of the Bill now under consideration is to bring the cotton bounty year into line with the harvesting and ginning periods. Cotton is grown in various parts of Queensland. It matures in a certain month; it is harvested and then it is ginned. If nothing is done to amend the existing Act, the bounty will not be payable during the last three months in which the Act will operate. It was found necessary to overcome the problem. That is why the Bill is before the Parliament.

The areas in which cotton is grown in Australia at the present time have increased considerably in the last few years. Until two or three years ago Queensland was, perhaps, the only State in which cotton was produced. Since then other areas have been opened up. It is now grown in the Narrabri district of New South Wales and along the River Murray in both New South Wales and Victoria. I have heard two or three honorable senators claim in the Senate that cotton has been produced in the Kimberleys region of Western Australia, somewhere near the Ord River.

Senator Ormonde - And at Wee Waa in

New South Wales.

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