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Wednesday, 1 November 1967


Mr IRWIN (Mitchell) - I think the time has arrived for the Government to consider holding this legislation over. My information is that it will be some weeks, and perhaps some time early in the New

Year, before certain of the States will agree to legislation on this subject. If that be so I cannot see that any good purpose will be served by rushing this legislation through. The Government has done everything it can to negotiate this Agreement and prepare this Bill in an endeavour to reduce the possibility of litigation, but it appears to me that the Bill now before us will increase the possibility of long and tedious litigation. It is very difficult for a layman to assimilate all that is contained in this Bill, but let me say that a similar position arose in regard to the legislation dealing with the proposed reserve price system for the marketing of wool.


The CHAIRMAN - Order! I suggest to the honourable member that the subject he is now dealing with has no relevance to this clause of the Bill.


Mr IRWIN - I am simply reminding the Committee that we were ridiculed because we applied business principles and knowledge to the reserve price plan legislation and we were laughed at, but the woolgrowers took our advice. Now we have the spectacle of New Zealand-


The CHAIRMAN - Order! I repeat that this has no relevance to the Bill. I say also that the suggestion regarding the Government delaying the presentation of the legislation has also no relevance to the clause that is now before us.


Mr IRWIN - I am sorry, Sir. I say again that this clause offers every possibility of producing litigation in the future. If other clauses offer similar possibilities the Government would be well advised to do nothing at this stage about the Bill, or about this clause in particular, and should allow it to stand over until every State has passed legislation. From the information available to me there are two or three States that will not pass the legislation until early in the new year.







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