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Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Honorable members must realize from the discussion that has already taken place on this clause, that it would be unwise to alter it. Of course, if there were a distinct agreement between two sharefarmers that one should get two-thirds and the other one-third of the wheat, or one 50 per cent, and the other 50 per cent., there would be no harm in inserting the amendment. But all share-farmers are not so precise as that. Some of the agreements that are entered into between them may be verbal. If there is no hardandfast rule the scheme may be abused, whereas if the decision is left to the department it will apportion the bounty fairly after hearing the facts. No difficulty will be experienced with respect to agreements that are clear and definite. Both parties to the agreement will be protected if the clause is passed as it stands.

Mr Archdale Parkhill - Surely there must be some agreement with sharefarmers.'

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - If there is, there will be no danger of an unfair apportionment of the bounty, because the department will see that the agreement is observed.

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