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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4330

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The right honourable gentleman is going very wide of the amendments -

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Do you think so?

The CHAIRMAN - Order! This is not a second reading debate. The Committee is discussing whether the Senate's amendments to the Bill should be accepted.

Mr Whitlam - He is getting stuck into the Liberals. Let him go.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The Prime Minister will remain silent while I am talking. A degree of latitude is given to the leaders of parties and I think I have given a fair amount of latitude. But it is very difficult to relate the remarks being made by the right honourable gentleman to the amendments that are under consideration.

Mr ANTHONY - I respect your remarks, Mr Chairman, but I say that my remarks have a direct relationship to the amendments because 2 industries are being excepted this year in the amendments brought before the Committee. 1 am referring to other industries which apparently do not have the same influence with the Government. Apparently they are not politically important or there is no immediate worry about negotiations with them. The Prime Minister referred to Sir John Crawford's report. Sir John Crawford said that the wheat industry would come before the Board this year. In appendix 4 to the report the nitrogenous fertiliser bounty is included. Apparently this question will have to come before the Commission. The phosphate fertiliser bounty also will have to come before the Commission. Of course, if one accepts the Coombs report, both of those bounties will be eliminated.

I strongly object to the creation of this new bureaucracy with such a wide-ranging charter. Its examination criteria are enormous. It will be able to set up underneath it sections to delve into almost every aspect of life throughout Australia. People who represent industry in Australia - whether mining, secondary or rural industry - will rue the day that this body was created and bureaucrats started to dictate to parliaments how the resources of this country should be used.

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