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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr WILSON (Wimmera) .- The Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies), in his statement, made no reference to his promise that a select committee of this House should be set up to inquire into proposals for the stabilization of the wheat industry. He stated that Commonwealth and State Ministers, and those whom he referred to as experts - I presume he means by that, prominent persons connected with the marketing and handling of the farmers' wheat, including wheat merchants - are to confer on the subject. I regret that nothing further seems to have been done about the appointment of a select committee, and also that the Prime Minister has not seen fit to invite to the conference actual representatives of wheat-growers' organizations, which include men capable of stating authoritatively the opinions of the growers themselves. It has been our unfortunate experience in the past that many of these conferences have been attended by socalled experts who have a greater interest in making a profit out of the farmers' wheat than in making wheat-growing profitable to the farmers. I therefore express my regret that the Prime Minister has not seen fit to invite to these discussions the accredited representatives of the growers themselves.

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