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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1908

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - Once the levy has been deducted from the proceeds due to the producer, the producer then is considered by the Government to have met his liability. If that levy has not been passed on to the Government, the Government must approach the factory or the purchaser. It becomes the responsibility of the purchaser to pay the Commonwealth Government. If that levy has been deducted from the payment made by the purchaser to the producer, the producer is considered to have met his liability.

Senator Cavanagh - Then tell me what the last part of sub-clause (8.) means?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Subclause (8.) provides, (8.) Where the Minister is satisfied that it would, by reason of special circumstances, be unreasonable to require a person to pay, or to pay, in full, an amount payable by him under subsection (1.) of this section, the Minister may release that person in whole or in part from his liability-

Senator Cavanagh - What does the rest mean?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The sub-clause continues: . . but such a release docs not affect the liability of any other person.

Senator Cavanagh - Who is 'any other person'?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - That means 'the factory'. I am told by my advisers that 'him' in that sub-clause means the factory'. I say to the honourable senator that we will not get anywhere on this question. I have given him as much information as I have. May I look at what the honourable senator has said, after this Bill is passed, and get the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sinclair) to write to him on it?

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