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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
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Mr McVEIGH (Darling Downs) - The Egg Export Charges Bill converts to the metric equivalent the levies necessary for the operations of 2 boards which are doing magnificent work in their respective responsibilities. The Bill deals with revenue gathering to finance the operations of the Australian Egg Marketing Board. This Board is responsible for the marketing of egg products overseas and like all forms of primary production there has been a wide variation of quantities to be sold over the years. In 1970-71 egg sales amounted to 45 million dozen equivalent; in 1971-72 41 million dozen equivalent; in 1972-73 58 million dozen equivalent; and in 1973-74 an estimated 30 million dozen. The question has been asked as to what will the future hold. I submit that that is the $64 question. Poor returns from exports have resulted in a nose dive in production because in some instances returns from exports were practically nil. It is a tribute to the industry-

Mr Kerin - I raise a point of order. In the light of your ruling, Mr Deputy Speaker, on the very narrowness of this legislation I would draw yOUr attention to the wide ranging nature of the honourable member's speech.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes - I am aware of that. I did let you go for two or three minutes. I was about to pull up the honourable member for Darling Downs. I draw his attention also to the extremely restricted nature of this Bill.

Mr McVEIGH - I appreciate that, but the levy being struck within the ambit of this Bill is for the purpose of financing the operations of the Australian Egg Marketing Board. I think it is quite relevant in a second reading debate to discuss the reasons for and the application of that levy. I disagree with the point of view that you have raised. The previous speaker, the honourable member for Macarthur (Mr Kerin), was not prepared to put up a fight for this great industry.

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