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Tuesday, 31 October 1967


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

1   . Did the 1939 report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Review make recommendations on securing orderly marketing power for primary produce?

1.   If so, what were these recommendations, briefly, and what action has the Government taken on them?

3.   If the Government has not taken any action, will he now initiate some action to have systems of orderly marketing established?


Mr Anthony (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   Yes.

2.   The Committee recommendedthat the Constitution should be altered so that:

(i)   The Parliament should have power to make laws for the submission to a poll of primary producers of proposed plans for the organised marketing of primary products.

(ii)   For the purpose of submitting a proposed plan to producers, the Parliament should be authorised to make such laws as it deems necessary in connection with the holding of a poll, including laws determining who is a primary producer, eligibility to vote and the number of votes which a producer should have,

(iii)   If three-fifths of the votes cast at a poll by the producers of a primary product are in favour of a proposed marketing plan for that product, the Parliament should have power to make laws to give effect to the plan free from the operation of section 92 of the Constitution, but otherwise subject to the Constitution. 2 and 3. The question of action to amend the Constitution is one of policy.

Potatoes (Question No. 693)


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for

Primary Industry, upon notice:

1.   Is the Bureau of Agricultural Economics preparing a report on the potato industry?

2.   If so, when did the Bureau commence its investigations in connection with the report, when did it complete those investigations, and when will the report be available?


Mr Anthony - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   Yes.

2.   The Bureau of Agricultural Economics commenced its planning for a survey of the potato growing industry in major producing regions in 1965. Field inquiries were undertaken between March and August 1965 and valuations of sample properties were completed by March 1966. The request for the survey originated from the Federal Potato Advisory Committee and some preliminary results were made available to members of the F.P.A.C. for a meeting of that Committee in March-April 1966. Processing of all data from the survey was completed early in 1967. The report of survey results is being printed and copies for general distribution are expected to be available in November.







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