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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister must know the terms and conditions upon which representatives of growers will be elected to. the board. Is -it a fact that no arrangement has been made as to the term during which those men shall hold office? Are they to hold office during the Minister's pleasure, or for a specified term, or for life? The Minister should state what he has in mind as to what the regulations shall contain in regard to the term of office of these men.

Mr Scully - I have already stated that.

Mr ABBOTT - The Minister has not said whether the term is to be for. three years or for life.

Mr Scully - I specifically mentioned three years as a reasonable term.

Mr ABBOTT - That is only the Minister's personal opinion. A term has not been fixed, nor is one envisaged, by the bill.. The matter is vital. The Minister should be prepared to "say now whether, at the next meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council, or in consultation with the States, he will ensure that the regulations shall provide that these gentlemen shall hold office for three years.

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