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Tuesday, 15 May 1928

Mr FOSTER (Wakefield) .-In discussing this clause, I may perhaps be permitted to say that the passage of the clause on which a division has just been taken, will be a severe blow to the winegrowing industry; but; thank God, the opinions expressed by honorable members in opposition to it are recorded in

Hansard.Towards the end of June a big conference is to be held at Mildura.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Mann - The honorable member for Wakefield (Mr. Foster), will not be in order in resuming the discussion on a . clause which the committee has just passed. . Will the honorable member address himself to the -new clause?

Mr FOSTER - Yes. The committee has now . determined what shall be the export bounty payable on wine, and this clause relates to the bounty to be paid on wine produced and shipped by a certain date. I believe that I am in order in dealing with that. If this clause is carried, Parliament will have agreed with the principle that a bounty of Only Is. per gallon shall be payable in the future. The Prime Minister, 'when he visited the wine districts in the . company of myself and the:honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Stewart"), announced that the -bounty . was to be -for the benefit of the growers, . and not of the wine-makers.

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