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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1912

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - In the dairy industry the factories which are the purchasers of milk have been most cooperative over the years. My advisers do not know of a case in which we have had to use the provision under discussion but with other levy collection legislation we have had to use similar provisions. Therefore the Government believes that the provision should be included in this measure and it opposes the amendment.

Senator Murphy - In what circumstances has it been necessary in other legislation?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - In the poultry levy collection legislation.

Senator Webster - The hen tax.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Yes. It is very difficult to find out how many hens a particular producer has. In this instance the producer delivers his milk to a factory and the factory has all the records. Over the years the factories have been only too co-operative when departmental inspectors have wanted to look at their books. They have said: There they are. Have a look at them.' There has not been a case on record where the provision has been used.

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