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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr FOSTER (Sturt) (3:12 AM) - I will not take long to say what I have to say to the House on this matter. I wish to criticise the people who are responsible for placing before this House a Bill of this nature. We live in a continent that is three fifths arid, yet we are discussing now a proposal to restrict the two fifths of the country that can produce something. The Government has got the people it purports to represent into an unholy mess because of ils lack of foresight and assessment and its wrongful and almost wilful lack of guidance in the dairy industry and other industries. Honourable members opposite may well laugh, but they might as well have gone to the dairy industry 3 or 4 years ago and suggested that it grow pot and stop trying to produce butterfat, or offered some such stupid advice as that.

It is an absolute disgrace. The honourable member for Angas (Mr Gil'es) may well interject because he will not come into this category although he is concerned in the industry and participates in it, at the same time as he draws his salary for his attendances at this Parliament. He is not the sort of person who has to worry. It is all very well to say that the matter can be determined by restricting production. The point is that no attention is being paid to human needs in the Bill before us.

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