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Thursday, 14 November 1935

Personal Explanation

SenatorMcLEAY (South Australia) motion to disallow regulations under the Dried Fruits Export Control (Licences) Regulations on the 22nd October, I made the following statement concerning Mr. Howie, a member of the Dried Fruits Export Control Board: -

It is stated that at ameeting of growers in Renmark on the 22nd August, he admitted, in reply to a question, that he could see in these regulations an excellent opportunity to give the independent packers a "'crack in the neck ". I regard such an attitude, if it be correct that Mr. Howie made the statement, as being tantamount to a hit below the belt. I have no desire to do any injustice to Mr. Howie, andI ask honorable senators to reserve their judgment pending the production of proof, as to whether the criticism is justified or not.

I have received a letter from Mr. Howie in which he says that he did not make the statement, and I have no proof that he did make it. In justice to Mr. Howie I desire to make this personal explanation before the debate on the motion for the disallowance of the regulations proceeds.

Motion to Disallow

Debate resumed from the 22nd October (vide page 894), on motion by Senator McLeay -

That Statutory Rules 1935, No. 30 [Dried Fruits Export Control (Licences) Regulations] bodisallowed.

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