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Thursday, 29 April 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to provide the machinery necessary forthe collection of the levy imposed by the Pig Slaughter Levy Bill 1971. The effect of the Bill is that the incidence of the levy will fall on the owner of the pig at time of slaughter. Provisions are also incorporated to cater for persons who regularly purchase pigs for slaughter. The Bill provides for the Act to become operative on. the same date as the Pig Slaughter Levy Bill. In earlier legislation relating to similar Bills the Parliament debated certain causes which called into question matters of 'law and justice'. These referred to right of access to premises and the time limits to commence prosecutions for offences under the Act. In the Bill now before the Senate the. relevant clauses have been amended to take note of the opinions expressed in the Parliament. I commend the Bill to honourable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Milliner) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2.5 p.m.

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