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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - Notwithstanding what the PostmasterGeneral (Senator A. j. McLachlan) has said, I still maintain that there is an opportunity for unscrupulous exporters to deprive the growers of the bounty. Some time ago, the fact was brought under the notice of the Government that exporters of wine, who should have paid the wine bounty to the producers retained, it for their own use. In this instance, also I believe that it is possible for unscrupulous exporters to deprive the orange-growers of the money to which they are entitled. An agent reports to a grower from whom he has received oranges the destination of the product, but a dealer who makes an outright purchase does not have to report to any one.

Senator Collings - What would he do with the bounty?

Senator BADMAN - He may obscure it by faking his books. The bill provides that the exporter shall pay the bounty to the grower, but how is the grower to prove how many cases of his product were exported? The grower not the exporter is entitled to the bounty.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The exporter must prove thathe has paid the bounty to the grower.

Senator BADMAN - I still maintain that there is an opportunity for an unscrupulous exporter to mislead a grower, and in that way deprive him of his money.

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