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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - The honorable senator has brought forward a case which contemplates neglect, or, at least inaction by the exporter, as a result of which the grower might be deprived of the bounty; but, in the first place, both the exporter and the grower would be alive to the fact that a bounty was being paid on export. Presumably, when growers and exporters enter into business relations they work on a basis of friendship, and the agent would like to do for the grower what any good agent would do for a good customer. It might, however, be possible that through forgetfulness the exporter did not lodge application for the bounty, but for that to happen there would also have to be forgetfulness on the part of the grower. In such an event the Minister is empowered to extend the time in which application for bounty may be made, and however late the application were made it could be met. If either the exporter or the grower came to the Minister and pleaded forgetfulness or oversight, the Minister could, in his discretion, accept the application.

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