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Wednesday, 19 May 1965

Senator PROWSE (Western Australia) . - I had not intended to speak on this measure, but in view of the fact that I have received telegrams supporting the legislation from representatives of the industry in Western Australia and have not received one word of opposition to it from any individual producer in that State, I think it is reasonable to conclude that the Western Australian producers are in favour of it. At this hour I intend to speak very briefly. I support the Bill. I am in agreement with the Government in bringing this legislation forward at the request of representatives of the egg industry. I believe the legislation to be the result of a careful study of the best methods of achieving stability in the industry, and I think it is in the best interests both of the consumers and the producers.

It has been said that the legislation is an elaborate facade to overcome the difficulties arising from section 92 of the Constitution. I think it would 'be equally true to say that devices have had to be constructed to overcome similar difficulties in the way of other organised marketing projects. The surrendering of State powers, for instance, could be described as a facade to overcome section 92, and while that provision remains in the Constitution - the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Menzies) seems to think think there is very little hope of removing it by way of referendum - I prefer finding devices to get around it to adopting what seems to me to be a facade of support for organised marketing while raising every possible difficulty against its achievement.

If primary production is to survive as something more than a peasant industry, it has to adopt modern techniques of marketing, organisation and production. Secondary industry and commerce have long since adopted various practices even beyond the range of any legislative action. Because of their fragmentation and dispersion around the country, primary producers are forced to rely upon statutory authority for achieving what secondary industry is able to achieve without it. I, therefore, support the egg industry in what I consider is long overdue action in the interests of stability in egg marketing.

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