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Wednesday, 19 May 1965

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I direct attention to clause 2. I have already circulated an amendment, but I propose to alter it slightly. I now move -

Leave out all words after " shall ", insert " not come into operation unless and until after it has been approved at a poll of owners of hens, conducted by the Chief Electoral Officer in accordance with the regulations ".

I have adopted that form in deference to the Standing Orders. I do not intend to consume the time of the Committee by restating the arguments that I advanced in support of the proposal that it is proper that legislation of this sort should be preceded by a poll of the individual producers. Honorable senators heard what I had to say in regard to that matter at the second reading stage. I simply submit the amendment now for consideration.

Senator Henty - Does that apply to producers with more than 20 hens?

Senator WRIGHT - There will be difficulties until we have regulations which prescribe the way in which these polls are to take place. My purpose is clearly to have some recognition given to everybody who is required to pay the levy - that is, to every owner of a yard of more than 20 hens.

Amendment negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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