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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr SCULLY (Gwydir) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) . - Members of the Opposition are deliberately stone-walling this bill. First, th© honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) moved that the representation of South Australia on the Australian Wheat Board should be increased from one to two members. When that amendment was defeated, the honorable gentleman moved that the representation of Western Australia on the board be increased from one. to two members.

Mr Archie Cameron - I rise to order. I ask you, Mr. Chairman, to inform the Minister that you instructed me, against my wishes, to submit my amendments seriatim ' instead of in one motion. I resent the suggestion that, in obeying the direction of the Chair, I am stonewalling this clause

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Riordan).That is not a point of order. It is true the the honorable member for - Barker desired to submit his three amendments in one motion, but the Chair, in accord ance with the practice of this chamber, . requested him to submit them seriatim.

Mr Holt - The Minister should apologize.

Mr SCULLY - I am in no doubt regarding the intentions of honorable members opposite. The Opposition is definitely stone-walling this bill, and indulging in political sharp-shooting. Ithopes to trap the honorable member for Forrest (Mr. Lemmon) and the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Mountjoy) into voting against the clause in its present form. The first amendment which the honorable member for Barker proposed, was defeated on the voices. Evidently he did not consider that the amendment was of sufficient importance to warrant his calling for a division. The arguments which the Opposition has advanced against - this clause are mere " moonshine"", and honorable members opposite know it. Their attitude toward the Australian Wheat Board has always been hypocritical. When they were in office and appointed the members of the original board, they overlooked entirely the representation of the wheat-growers, but they did not forget to give to their masters, the vested interests of Australia, a majority of members on the board.. So" much for the sincerity of the Australian Country party! Now, honorable members opposite are attempting to bluff the honorable member for Forrest and the honorable member for Swan into voting for the amendment. Long ago, wheatgrowers expressed their contempt for the Australian Country party by defeating its candidates in wheat-growing constituencies and. for the Senate. After the last elections' the Australian 'Country party did not retain one seat in Western Australia. That is an indication of the contempt in which it is held by the wheatgrowers in that State.

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