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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3223


Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - Not all of the Opposition opposes clause 5.I do not. I think it is reasonable that the renovation of the constitution of the Australian Wool Corporation in this fashion is reasonable in view of the Government's support of the industry. While the industry will put in proportion of the funds which will be employed in market support, as Senator Maunsell has said, the Government certainly is taking some risk in what it is doing. I believe it is reasonable for the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Wriedt) to ask for the alterations he is seeking to add expertise to the Corporation and to increase its ability to perform its functions which are expanded by this Bill. I have confidence in the Minister. I believe that within his province he would appoint men whom he believed were good for the industry. I believe he would do that and that he would put any other consideration in second place. I do not think there is any honourable senator in this House who could say otherwise. We know that legislation is made to cover a long period of time but one cannot look too far ahead. We cannot secure all the future options that all parties in this chamber would like. After free and frank discussions with the Minister- I am sure such discussions are available to any member of the Senate- I am willing to vote for this measure. I do not believe it is reasonable for the Senate to refuse him this clause. Before honourable senators vote lightly on this matter, following party lines, they ought to consider what they are doing in relation to the furture efficiency of the Corporation and the growers welfare. I say that after considerable thought about this point. I believe that rejection of clause 5 will lower growers prospects in the future. I say no more than that.







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