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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) - I refer to clause 4, which reads:

The provisions of this Actthat apply to and in relation to proprietors of packing houses bind the Crown in right of a State.

Undoubtedly, that is legal terminology. Could the Minister indicate what is meant by that wording? While he is obtaining an explanation of that clause. I will refer to clause 6, the side heading of which reads:

Liability of packer in respect of levy of another.

I ask the Minister to explain to the Committee the expected method of collecting the levy. He has given some indication of it. A question was raised in my mind as to sub-clause (4.), which reads:

The proprietor of a packing house may, notwithstanding any law of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth or any contract entered into before the commencement of this Act, refuse to receive into his packing house dried fruits on which levy may become payable unless the grower of the dried fruits first provides the proprietor with the funds necessary for the due payment, on behalf of the grower, of that levy.

I have attempted to envisage what that sub-clause means, butI ask the Minister to give the Committee an explanation of it.

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