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Friday, 11 May 1928

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Watkins (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Order! I remind the honorable member that clause 4 is under discussion. I admit that the scope of the clause is very wide, and that I have allowed certain latitude in its discussion ; but the honorable member must connect his remarks with the clause.

Mr COOK - I resent the remarks of the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Mann), who referred to the fruit-growers as highway robbers.

Mr Mann - I did not say that.

Mr COOK - The honorable member said that the Government would clothe them with such powers that they would be able to direct the pistol at the head of the community. This legislation was desired by the primary producers associated with the fruit-growing industry, and it is being introduced - to advance their welfare. Clause 4 merely grants an important industry the right to control its own business, much the same as the Companies Act confers a similar right on those to whom it applies. This bill will give primary producers the right to control and market their own produce, not only in their own interests, but in the interests of the general community.

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