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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) , - If the honorable member for Forrest (Mr. Lemmon) intends to cut costs, he should start by giving the States equal representation. That is the answer to the honorable gentleman. He emphasized that he is a representative of a wheat-growing district. I probably have much more wheat in my electorate than he has in his. My electorate runs from the Murray to the sea and from the Victorian border to the west end of Kangaroo Island, and all through it wheat is grown.' I also speak with twenty years' experience of wheatgrowing, in the Loxton district, and I do not think that the honorable member can approach that.

Mr Lemmon - I fall short by only two years.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - The honorable member referred to war-time appointments to the wheat, board. No man in the wheat industry will ever challenge the appointment of Mr. Teasdale or the appointment of Mr. Thompson as manager. Both are Western Australians and are particularly good men.

Mr Lemmon - They are not the men to whom I referred.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - To whom did the honorable member refer?

Mr Lemmon - I referred to Driver. Thompson was manager.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - And Thompson was worth his money. The money" will be got out of the. export of wheat, and my State and Western Australia, are the States that will put the money into the fund, and when it is disbursed, the money will be disbursed equally amongst all the wheat-growers of Australia. Therefore, whatever the New South Wales and Victorian wheatgrowers are to get out of this scheme in the end, it will be provided from the wheat sent overseas by Western Australia and South Australia. The Government can argue whichever way it likes but equity; justice and common sense combine to 'say that the amendment ought to be agreed to.

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