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Thursday, 18 November 1976
Page: 2888

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purposes of this Bill are twofold. Firstly, it authorises appropriation to the accounts of the Australian Apple and Pear Corporation of moneys equivalent to those received by the Commonwealth from the proceeds of the levies to be collected under the provisions of the Apple and Pear Levy Collection Bill 1976 and the Apple and Pear Export Charge Collection Bill 1976. Secondly, the Bill provides for the annual report and financial statements of the Corporation to be presented to the Minister, for tabling in Parliament, on a calendar year- in lieu of a financial year- basis.

This change is desirable, having regard to the fact that funds to be derived from the levy scheme outlined in my second reading speech on the Apple and Pear Levy Bill 1976 will flow to the Corporation from the seasonal marketing pattern for apples and pears on a calendar year basis. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Morris) adjourned.

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