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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - I am glad that Senator Duncan-Hughes- has made it clear that he is not in agreement with the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) on this subject.

Senator Collings - That shows that the honorable senator is wrong.

Senator BRENNAN - Representatives of the industry admit that there is room for improvement of the quality of the prunes they produce, and they are in consultation with the various State Departments of Agriculture with a view to improving the quality. The Leader of the Opposition has a tendency towards exaggeration, of which perhaps he is not aware. He attempted to put into my mouth words that I did not use. He attributed to me the statement that in no circumstances whatever would the bounty be continued. I did not say that. I was dealing with the policy of the Government, and I said -

The Government does not desire to en courage this industry to seek a continuance of bounties on export, and has indicated that no further bounties willbepaidonthis commodity.

I did not say that in no circumstances would tho bounty be continued.

Senator Collings - The Minister's remarks could not mean anything else.

Senator BRENNAN - The honorable senator has expressed regret that the policy of the Government is not to continue indefinitely the payment of bounties. I agree entirely with Senator DuncanHughes that the purpose of a bounty of this kind is to help an industry to get into a position in which it will not require further government assistance. As has happened in many cases in recent years, circumstances may justify the granting of temporary assistance, but, if this policy were continued as a permanent policy, it - would be thoroughly uneconomic.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Claus() 6 (Condition of payment).

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