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Wednesday, 31 May 1989
Page: 3170

Senator BROWNHILL(7.29) —I would like to start with a quote from Socrates, which was:

Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.

It is of concern that the Minister in this debate on the Wheat Marketing Bill has at some stages actually looked as though he could have become a statesman. But I am afraid that he never will, because I do not think he has understood the problems of wheat or the wheat industry. The Government's performance over the whole issue of the wheat debate and the way the legislation has been introduced has not been to its credit. Again, the debate has been brought before us tonight in a way which is not conducive to the good workings of this Parliament because this chamber is under threat. I am sure Senator Cook agrees that any legislation that comes into this place should be fairly and truly debated in the right way, without threat from any Minister or anybody who sits in the green leather chairs in the other House. Some of the reports in the newspapers about this debate are worthy of repeating here tonight. The Stock and Land newspaper--

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Crichton-Browne) —Order! It being 7.30 p.m., I put the question:

That the Temporary Chairman do now leave the chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Temporary Chairman having reported accordingly-