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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr POLLARD (Ballarat) .- The honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) desires to increase the personnel of the board from 9 to 12 members. Governments generally, arid everybody who has had experience of board work, believe that satisfactory results cannot be obtained from a board which has a large number of members. The purpose of the clause is not to provide State representation on the board; it merely provides a method, though perhaps an imperfect one, of ensuring that the personnel of the board shall be representative of fairly widespread areas of Australia. The interests of the wheatgrowers are wrapped up with the nationwide importance of the industry. It does not matter much whether a wheatgrower lives to the north or to the south of the river Murray, and therefore the personnel of the board is not of great consequence. Two growers representing New South Wales would be just as interested as three in having the greatest possible amount distributed among the growers. Similarly one representative from each of the States of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia could safeguard the interests of growers in those States. After all, this is only a rough and ready i method to ensure that there shall be adequate and geographically wide representation of the growers on the board.

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