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Friday, 2 December 1938

Sir EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Minister for Commerce) . - I move -

That it is expedient that an appropriation of revenue be made for the purposes of the acceptance of a certain amendment made by the Senate in a bill for an act to provide for financial assistance to the States in the provision of assistance to the wheat industry, and for other purposes.

The amendment made by the Senate is to add the following sub-clause to clause 7 : - " (6.) Notwithstanding anything contained in the last preceding sub-section, the Minister may, after advice from the State Minister, approve of the whole or any part of any amount paid to a State under sub-section (2.) of this section being applied in the provision of relief to distressed wheat-growers in that State in accordance with such method of distribution as is decided by the Minister after advice from the State Minister.".

That alteration has been made for the purpose of dealing with the special case of Queensland, where there are no marginal areas but where bad droughts are occasionally experienced in the wheatgrowing areas. The bill originally provided for assistance in respect of marginal areas which exist only in the other States. This amendment has been made at the request of the Queensland Government, and it is the wish of the Government that it be incorporated in the bill.

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