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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr PIGOTT (Calare) . - I move -

That in line 5 the word " one " be struck out, and " two " inserted in lieu.

This is portion of a series of three amendments, the effect of which will be to give the Commonwealth one representative, and each of the States two representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the Governor in Council, and the other elected by the wheat-growers in each State. The non-representation of the farmers on the Wheat Pool was a cause of great dissatisfaction. Not until the honorable member for Bendigo became Prime Minister did the farmers secure that representation. I ask the Prime Minister to give the farmers the same consideration in connexion with the Commission, as he gave them in connexion with the Wheat Board. The objection may be raised that farmers know nothing about engineering; but that is only the initial part of the scheme. The farmers will be using the silos for all time, and it is only right that they, whose business it is to fill the silos, should have some representation on the governing body. If the Prime Minister is not willing to allow the farmers in each State to have representation, I ask him to allow of the appointment of one representative by the wheat-farmers of the Commonwealth.

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