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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr MCDONALD (Corangamite) . - If the logical and unanswerable case submitted by the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) has made no impression on the Minister, surely he cannot fail to be moved by the appeals made by members of his own party. The honorable member for

Ballarat (Mr. Pollard) admitted that the method adopted by the Government in determining the representation on the Australian Wheat Board was at best a rough and ready one.

Mr Scully - Does the honorable member advocate the reduction of the number of representatives of Victoria?

Mr MCDONALD - No; strangely enough, two of the supporters of the Government suggested that. I believe that equal representation should be extended to all States. The representation on the board has already been decided after consultation with State Ministers. If, however, in. the dim and shadowy future, the Minister in his wisdom is inclined to reduce the representation of Victoria and New South Wales to one, we shall be entirely satisfied. I appeal to the Minister to' reconsider his attitude towards the proposal of the honorable -member for Barker and to provide such representation on the board as will do justice to the . wheat-growers. The point must not be overlooked that it is the individual wheat-grower whose money will be controlled by this board. -For that reason I believe that Western Australia and South Australia should be given the same representation as Victoria.

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