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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr SCULLY (Gwydir) (Minister for' Commerce and Agriculture) . - I regret that I am unable to accept the amendment. The decision as to what publicity should be given to the operations of the board should be left to -the discretion of the board, and reports should be issued through the chairman. If the amendment were carried there would be a danger that a board member might intentionally or unintentionally disclose confidential information and so confer a great' advantage 'on wheat merchants or speculators, not only in Australia, but also in other part? of the world where we were seeking markets for. our wheat. From time to time the board should determine what information should be made public and that information might then be published, or otherwise conveyed to the wheat-growers.

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