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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (4:38 AM) . - I move -

That after sub-clause (7) the following subclause be inserted: - " (8.) Any amount which a wheat-grower is entitled to be paid under the last preceding sub-section shallbe paid to that wheat-grower notwithstanding any provision in any contract or agreement made prior to the commencement of this Act whereby he has assigned or transferred his right to that amount or has transferred his property or interest in the wheat in respect of which the amount is payable.".

I do so solely in order to make the position clear. There is no doubt that my amendment will adequately safeguard the interests of the grower who has sold forward, by ensuring that the bounty is paid to the grower rather than to the man who has acquired the wheat. I am assured that my amendment will achieve the object it sets out to achieve, and I understand that the Minister is willing to accept it.

Sir Earle Page - The honorable member's amendment puts the matter beyond doubt.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 7 - (2.) Out of the amount which is credited to the Special Account in any of the years subsequent to that first year, there shall be paid to each State, by way of financial assistance, such amount (if any) as the Minister, after advice from the State Minister, determines. (5.) Any amount paid to a State under sub-section (2.) of this section shall be paid upon condition that it is applied towards meeting the cost of transferring wheat-farmers, in accordance with plans approved by the Minister after advice from the State Minister, from lands unsuitable for the production of wheat, or of arranging for such lands to be used for other purposes.

Amendment (by Mr. Nock) agreed to -

That the words, " of the years subsequent to" sub-clause (2) be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words, "year of the period of four years next succeeding ".

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