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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr McEWEN (Indi) . Paragraph (b) of sub-clause 2 provides for. the election of representatives of the growers to the board, but no provision is made fixing the period during which those members shall hold office. I presume that the expression " conditions " in subclause 3 can be so construed asto cover the period during which they shall' hold office.If that be not correct, there -is no provision prescribing the duration of their office: consequently, the decision would be left to the Government. The chairman of the board, and the representative of flour-mill owners are definitely to hold office during the pleasure of the Minister. It seems to me that avoidance of the repetition of those words suggests that the representatives of the growers also are to hold office during the pleasure of the Minister, although the Minister may prescribe that they shall hold office for a year, two years, or whatever other term he may fix. The bill having gone so far as to provide that the growers shall have an opportunity to elect representatives to. the board, it ought to further specify the period for which they shall hold office. In order to place the matter beyond doubt, I move -

That, in sub-clause (2.), paragraph (b), after the words "Western Australia" the following words be inserted: - "who shallhold office for three years from the dates of their appointments ".

That addition would provide for a definite term of office for the representatives of the growers. Surely the matter is not controversial! I am confident that the Government, upon consideration, will agree to incorporate in the bill a definite tenure of office for representatives of the growers. I am willing to listen to suggestions as to what the period ought to be. I consider that three years would be reasonable. Is the Minister prepared to accept the amendment?

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