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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr GUY (Wilmot) .- I moveThat, at the end of proposed new section five sub-section (2.) the following proviso be added: - " Provided that on the said board each State shall he represented ".

Acceptance of the amendment would not enlarge the personnel of the board, because it would be easy to apportion the representatives of the various interests named in the bill among the various States. Despite the views expressed by the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (Mr. Scully), there is no reason why the State representation provided in the principal act should not continue. The present act provides that each State shall have at least one representative, and my proposal is that State representation should continue. Unless each State be represented, the more populous States will dominate the meat industry to the disadvantage of the other States. The powers to' be given to the board are wide and dictatorial. It will have full control of the industry, subject to the veto of the Minister. It will have power to purchase or sell any meat or meat product, and to manage and control all matters connected with the handling, storage, protection, treatment, transfer and shipment of any meat or meat product. This wide power should not be given to -a board whose decisions will affect every State, unless the Statesconcerned are granted representation on the board. It is almost inevitable that sooner or later meat export quotas will be imposed, and one cannot justify arrangements to fix a State quota being left in the hands of a board without the State concerned having representation on it.

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