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Thursday, 5 December 1935

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I desire to move for the insertion of a new clause 7a, which has been circulated and is on honorable senator's files. At times wheat-farmers are pressed by their creditors for payment, and it is necessary to protect them to the amount of at least £50 in each year. I, therefore, move for the insertion of the proposed new clause which has been circulated, with the addition of the words " in any year ", which I had inadvertently omitted.

Senator Sir George Pearce - I rise to a point of order. Obvidusly, if the amendment is in ordery the honorable senator may proceed; but if the amendment is not in order his Temarks in relation to it will be out of order also. As the honorable senator has said that his proposed amendment is that which has been circulated, my point is that there is nothing in this bill dealing with any grant to a wheat-grower, or any financing of a wheat-grower, or any payment to a wheat-grower, and that as the amendment distinctly refers to " any amount payable under this act " it is not in order. No amounts will be payable under this legislation. Moreover, the amendment is clearly not within the title of the bill which is " A . bill for an act relating to trade and commerce with other countries and among the States in wheat and wheat products". It makes no provision for the distribution of money between debtors and creditors.

Senator E B Johnston - The honorable senator is most anxious to protect the creditors.

Senator Sir George Pearce - If the amendment is out of order, then any discussion of it would also be out of order.

Senator E B Johnston - I submit that I am in order in moving the amendment.

Senator Sir George Pearce - There is no clause before the Chair as the honorable senator has not moved his proposal amendment.

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