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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr HOLT (Fawkner) .- The House is entitled to an explanation by the

Government in reply to the very important point that has been raised by the honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull). Clearly, some persons with a vested interest in- the stabilization fund may not be able to realize on it because of the circumstances outlined by the honorable member. Their product will be sold, and a part of the proceeds will be paid into the stabilization fund. They will have a continuing interest in it so long as they are covered by the .scheme. What will happen in the event of the death of a contributor or the sale of his .property is not clear to me, or, I am certain, to many other honorable members. Those are very likely contingencies and doubtless they will arise in many instances. The matter vitally affects all the wheatgrowers who will be embraced by the scheme. I trust that the Government will do the House the courtesy of stating its policy and of announcing the degree to which the interests of these growers will be protected. The hill cannot be allowed to pass without some explanation being made.

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