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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Sir EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Minister for Commerce) (4:11 AM) . - I regret that I cannot accept the amendment, because, as I have previously said, it is to be an expert committee to deal with the statistics of the industry. It should not have on it representatives of any persons who may benefit from its decisions. The farmers will have a financial interest in the committee's work and so will the millers. I accepted the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Curtin) for the addition of a consumer's representativebecause it may be possible to select a man who will be truly representative of the people and at the same time of considerable statistical ability.

Mr Blackburn - How could he be truly representative?

Mr Curtin - The appointment will have to be justified by the Government.

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