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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - The Government has no such intention. The position of the Dried Fruits Board being in some doubt, " a prescribed authority " was substituted for that board in an earlier clause. This was done because of the decision in the James case, but the clause now under discussion has no relation whatever to that case.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - This clause deals with the payment of the bounty, and that is, virtually, the whole of the bill.

Senator BRENNAN - No. The fixing of specific dates for the payment of bounties of this description has at times left -the Government in the position that applications were made after the closing dates, and, in some instances, notably in connexion with the fertilizer subsidy, good reasons were submitted as to why. applications had been forwarded late. Under this clause a date, is fixed, but a certain discretion is given to the Minister to extend the period for the lodging of claims, if satisfactory reasons can be given for late applications.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7 agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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