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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- Is the purpose of this amending bill to enable the Government to deal with late applications?

Sir Earle Page - That is so.

Mr JAMES - Then I shall offer no objection to the measure. Unlike the honorable member for Barton (Mr. Lane), I am always prepared to act fairly towards the primary producers. Some time ago, I brought under the notice of the Minister for Commerce the case of a primary producer at Cessnock who posted his application for the fertilizer subsidy and was able to prove, by the postmark on the envelope, that it should have reached the prescribed authority before the date on which applications closed. The right honorable gentleman told me that he regretted that nothing could bo done in the matter until the law was amended. I am glad that steps are now being taken to cover such cases as that.

Bill agreed to without amendment, and passed through its remaining stages without debate.

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