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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4236

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I point out to the honourable member that this Bill does not strike the levy. It merely changes the measurement terms in the definitions. The levy is struck under the principal Act. The Bill before the House seeks to change the measurements in the Act. It is a very narrow Bill. I point that out to the honourable member.

Mr McVEIGH - I was making the point that it is necessary in the national Parliament to put up a fight for the 7,115 egg producers who at the last estimate owned 12.2 million birds. Surely these people are entitled to have their industrial problems expressed in the national Parliament.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I point out to the honourable member that at any time when the matter is relevant it can be debated. But I have already ruled - and the honourable member for Macarthur has accepted that ruling - that this Bill is extremely narrow and it is not a Bill on which a general debate can take place.

Mr McVEIGH - I bow to your ruling, Mr Deputy Speaker. I just make the passing observation that if the other mem'bers of the House accept this narrow limitation of their responsibilities I want it recorded that I was at all times willing to put up a fight for this

Cinderella industry. I submit that there is another matter to be discussed under the very narrow title of this Bill, and that is the change in the name of bodies from 'Commonwealth' to 'Australian'. I take it that I have your complete concurrence, Mr Deputy Speaker, to debate that very narrow concept. I crave your indulgence, Mr Deputy Speaker, to allow me to make a few observations on the change in name for which provision is made in the Bill. Many Australians are extremely concerned at the attitude of the Labor administration and its complete denial of the traditional values that we hold. We on this side of the House place great significance on the word 'Commonwealth'. This was the term given by the founding fathers of our Constitution to the unification of the States into an Australian nation. We have been concerned about the fact that the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam), in his official position of Prime Minister-

Mr King - He wants to change everything.

Mr McVEIGH - I thank the honourable member for Wimmera for his very pertinent interjection: The Prime Minister wants to change everything. It has been reliably reported that the Prime Minister's Department has advised that all bodies which have the word ^Commonwealth' in their name are having their name gradually changed to 'Australian'. I ask the Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly), who is at the table, to have a good look at this procedure, to see whether it is legally practicable to do it in all cases. The Commonwealth of Australia Gazette" was changed to the 'Australian Gazette'. The very affable Leader of this House journeyed to Cairns and spent a little sojourn in the premier State of Australia when he opened the Australian Government Centre in that city. The previous concept was to call it the Commonwealth Government Centre. I know Mr Deputy Speaker, that you live in an isolated area of Victoria. We in Queensland were very upset when the designation on all the stationery and nameplates for this magnificent edifice which was erected by the sweat and tears of the previous Country Party-Liberal Government was changed from 'Commonwealth Government Centre' to 'Australian Government Centre'. A lot of money was wasted because the Prime Minister saw fit to change the name of this centre.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I suggest that the honourable gentleman has gone a long way in giving his example. If he wishes to refer to this matter, I think that he should do it in relation to this Bill.

Mr McVEIGH - I accept your ruling again, Mr Deputy Speaker. I have no wish at all to kick the other fellow when I have him down. We all know how easy it is to get the Government down. Having realised that they are very easy to do over, I will accept your guidance, Mr Deputy Speaker. But I make an appeal that in no circumstance should the name of this Parliament be changed from the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Australian Parliament. I make that special request in order to ensure that the name of this Parliament is not changed.

The final comment that I want to make relates to the Honey Levy Bills. Mr Deputy Speaker, I appreciate your ruling that these are also very narrow Bills, but I point out that they allow for a decrease of 0.2 per cent in the honey levy. Like the egg export levies which are used to finance the operation of the Australian Egg Marketing Board, the finances of the Honey Board are provided from a levy on honey consumed in Australia and on honey exported. In passing, I had hoped that the levy on honey would not have been reduced in a time of comparative affluence in the industry; rather I had hoped that the levy would be maintained at its former rate so that the peaks and troughs in the honey industry could be ironed out and the Australian Honey Board could carry on the magnificent work that it is doing, without worrying about a shortage of funds from levies in bad years. I say that just as a passing comment. I had hoped that the Minister for Science (Mr Morrison), in introducing these Bills which convert the levy to metric weights, would have ensured that the levy was not decreased.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills together read a second time.

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