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Wednesday, 19 May 1965

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I wish to refer to a provision of the Bill as a result of a comment that fell from the lips of Senator Cormack at the second reading stage and to which I also referred atthat stage. It relates to the distribution of the moneys that will be yielded by this levy. Clause 6 (1.) provides -

The Minister may from time to time authorise the payment to a State, by way of financial assistance, of such amount or amounts as he determines after taking into account any recommendations made to him by the Council.

Senator Cormacksaid that the Minister will have to take into account the recommendation of the Council of Egg Marketing Authorities but that he will not be bound by it. This raises the question as to the constitution of the Council. This is an extraparliamentary body, the constitution of which has not been brought to my notice. Senator Lillico stated this evening that the Council is so constituted that every resoluion - and I take it every recommendation under this section - has to be unanimous. I just rise to seek from the Minister an explicit confirmation of that statement.

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