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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Mr SCULLY (Gwydir) (Minister for Commerce) .' - in reply - The honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) has suggested that the bounty should be paid upon manufacture. The bill contemplates that it will be paid upon sale to consumers. The honorable member contended that payment on manufacture would obviate the necessity for co-operative companies to pay interest on overdrafts. I shall investigate that suggestion, and if it be possible to accede to it, I shall give favorable consideration to it. The honorable member for Wannon (Mr. McLeod) referred to freight charges. I realize that the rationing of superphosphate supplies has indirectly affected the rates of railway freight charged to consumers. I know of many landowners who normally would buy a 10-ton truckload of superphosphate. Under rationing, however, they are able to purchase only 7 tons. Nevertheless, the railway freight systems of the various

States make it necessary for them. to pay freight for a full 10-ton truckload. This relative increase of the freight charges is of serious importance to consumers. 1 shall discuss the matter with the railways authorities of the different States in order to see whether the situation can be relieved. The honorable member for New England (Mr. Abbott) and the honorable member for Flinders (Mr. Ryan) questioned the wisdom of fixing 1939-40 as the base year for the computation of ration allowances. The honorable gentleman said that many producers had undertaken pastoral improvement only recently, so that the allocation of supplies according to sales in the year 1939-40 might react unfavorably to them. I do not know whether it will be possible to select a different basis of calculation, but if individual applications be made to me in regard to unfair treatment under this system, I shall discuss them with the representatives of the States and endeavour to overcome any disabilities. Both the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Marwick) and the honorable member for Darwin (.Sir George Bell) referred to the possibility of increasing supplies. I assure them that the Government is doing everything within its power to increase production, and it will not relax its efforts until every reasonable prospect of obtaining new stocks has been exhausted. As a country man I realize the importance of superphosphate to primary production. Therefore, I shall do everything possible to increase the supply, which at present, is definitely inadequate to meet reasonable demands.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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