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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1446

Senator WILKINSON (Western Australia) - T refer to the long title of the Bill and seek an explanation of what is perhaps a minor point. The long title reads:

A Bill for an Act to authorise the Raising and Expending of a sum not exceeding Six million five hundred thousand dollars for a Defence Purpose. . . .

I agree that this is a war service land settlement scheme, but as it deals with farms, and with money which is to be made available to farmers, why should the Bill be described as having a defence purpose?

It seems to me that this is quite wrong. I suppose there is some theoretical reason for doing this, but the description in the long title of the Bill seems to be a bit peculiar. Obviously the purpose of the Bill is not to defend Australia but is rather to protect a farmer from a situation which has arisen in farming due to circumstances beyond his control. It has nothing to do with defence. I presume that I can do nothing to have the long title altered, but I should like to know why we must persist in calling this a defence purpose. No doubt the Minister will be able to explain the position.

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