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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator MCKELLAR (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) [8.22]. - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to provide the machinery for the collection of the levy imposed under the Poultry Industry Levy Bill. The Bill makes provision for the Commonwealth Government to make arrangements with the State Governments for the State Egg Marketing Boards to collect the levy on behalf of the Commonwealth and for the money collected to be paid to the Commonwealth. At present the State Egg Boards impose equalisation levies and either collect them from the producers whose eggs do not pass through the Boards' floors, or deduct them from the amounts which the Board owes the producers whose eggs do pass through the Boards' floors.

Under the new stabilisation proposals which this legislation helps to implement, the State Egg Boards will cease collecting equalisation levies, and on behalf of the Commonwealth will collect instead the levies imposed under the Poultry Industry Levy Bill. As the State Boards will need to continue to make charges on producers for administration purposes, producers can have both State and Commonwealth charges deducted by the State Egg Boards, or can pay these charges to the State Boards, instead of making separate payments to State and Commonwealth authorities. The methods provided for in this Bill have been agreed to by the State Governments and endorsed by producers as the most convenient means of payment of the proposed levy. I commend the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Senator O'Byrne) adjourned.

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