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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - It is difficult to grasp the purport of measures when we have only a few minutes in which to consider them. I suggest that it would have been better had those responsible for the introduction of this bill given honorable senators more time in which to consider its provisions. I have no doubt that the intention behind the bill is good. The Dried Fruits Export Control Board, no doubt, is convinced of the necessity for amending legislation, but honorable senators are placed at a disadvantage in being called upon to deal with it at such short notice. The Minister has assured us that those engaged in the industry have lost considerable sums of money.

Senator Crawford - That is so.

Senator NEEDHAM - As it is thought that this amending legislation will enable the industry to be established on a more satisfactory footing, I shall not oppose the second reading.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 (Exemption from Charges).

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