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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3230

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Agriculture) - Mr Temporary Chairman,the Government will oppose the amendment because the word 'acquiring' is in the clause for a technical reason. It is unfortunate that it is being confused with the term 'acquistion' which certainly has some emotional connotations in the wool industry and to a lot of people in the wool industry. But the word 'acquiring' in this clause is not used in that sense. Honourable senators will find that the word 'acquire' is used in other sections of the Act, but no one could possibly interpret it to mean acquisition.

Senator Devitt - A compulsory taking

Senator WRIEDT -That is right. It is not intended to be that way. The word 'acquiring' in this context means obtaining wool should the Corporation deem it necessary to do so. I believe it is unfortunate that there is a genuine misunderstanding in this case as to the meaning of the word 'acquiring'. But, nevertheless, irrespective of what one's interpretation is, the Government will oppose the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

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