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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3229

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Agriculture) - As has been stated the amendment moved by Senator Maunsell has been debated earlier this session. This very same matter was fully debated at the time that the meat inspection levy legislation was brought before this Parliament. The Act already contains sufficient safeguards for the growers. It seems that one has to maintain a constant awareness of the lack of trust that exists between the people who allegedly represent the farmers of this country and the statutory marketing bodies of this country. It seems that these people have an absolute distrust of everybody who is appointed to those bodies. It seems that they distrust every intention of these bodies. Has it not ever occurred to them that the people who operate the statutory authorities of this country are genuine and fair dinkum and want to help the rural industries? Does this not ever occur to honourable senators opposite? They do not trust the people on these statutory authorities. The Opposition wants its own way all the time. It wants to put its own henchmen into positions on statutory authorities as it did under the previous legislation. That is what is really bugging honourable senators opposite. Indeed, honourable senators opposite know that they have an opportunity to put their own henchmen into the positions they would like them to be in, despite the fact that when the Opposition was in power it allowed the wool industry to sink to the depths of despair 4 years ago. That is typical of their attitude. Senator Webster, who is seeking to interject, is a great champion when he gets into the chair. He calls upon people to behave themselves but when he goes back to his own seat he acts like the larrikin he is. The Government will oppose this amendment. We know full well that this amendment has the same purpose as the previous legislation. We have given every protection to ensure that the woolgrowers' money is properly accounted for and we believe that the clause should stand as it is.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Proposed new clause 10a.

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