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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr POYNTON (Grey) . - I should like to know whether the Minister intends to explain how the bounties are to be paid. I think that he might as well give us the information at this stage as at a later period of the discussion. Honorable members should be informed as to the conditions under which the bonuses will be paid, what precautions will be taken against fraud, and so on. I remember that in South Australia a large sum was paid by way of butter bonus in respect of butter made from cream brought over from Victoria. Something of the same kind will happen under the Bill unless reasonable precautions are taken. We may, for instance, have coffee' beans or other materials imported and ground up with some colonial product in order to enable the manufacturers to claim a larger share of the bonus. Some idea should be given of the share of the bonus which will fall to the producers and manufacturers respectively.

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