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Wednesday, 24 July 1946


Mr McEWEN (Indi) .- Proposed new sub-section 4 reads -

Each member appointed to represent the lamb producers of Australia shall be a lamb, producer, and the member appointed to represent the mutton producers of Australia shall be a mutton .producer, appointed from persona nominated by the Graziers Federal Council of Australia, or the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation or any other body approved by the Minister.

Will the Minister explain how long the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation of Australia has been in existence? I had known for some time of the Wool Growers Association, but not for very long of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation. A federation of growers with common interests in the. production of wool would represent a body concerned with the ownership and husbandry of sheep kept primarily for their fleeces and only as a mere incident in relation to their carcasses. If the introduction of the word " meat " in the title of the organization is a late afterthought it would appear that this has been resorted to merely for the purpose of qualifying the association to be named in the bill. If in fact the Wool Growers Association has * recently changed its name to the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation merely for the purpose of qualifying it to be named as one of the bodies to submit to the Minister a list of prospective names, then its concern in the production of meat is clearly a function of its members newly added to those which they originally performed. Many of us who have had close association with primary industries for many years are not familiar with such an organization.


Mr Scully - The Wheat Growers Union in Victoria is affiliated with that organization as are also the Farmers and Settlers Association of New South Wales, and the Selectors Association of Queensland.


Mr McEWEN - The Minister has merely mentioned some, if not all, of the component organizations included in the Australian Wheat Growers Federation.


Mr Scully - The Selectors Association of Queensland is not affiliated with the Australian Wheat Growers Federation.


Mr McEWEN - That is so, but the other organizations named by the Minister are so affiliated. It is true that some of their members produce lambs but I would not be prepared to hazard a guess as to what proportion do so. However, very many of the members of the Australian Wheat Growers Federation are connected in only a very minor way with meat production. The core of that body is to be found among those who are solely engaged in wheat-growing, though quite a number of them undoubtedly keep sheep as a mere incident. I had no desire to combat the point. I merely seek information upon it.


Mr Scully - Mr. Hitchins is the federal president of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation.


Mr McEWEN - Mr. Hitchinshas for many years been president of the Wool Growers Association. Real wool-growing sheep are not of the kind that are bred for the purpose of producing fat lambs or mutton carcasses. The honorable member for Flinders (Mr. Ryan) advanced powerful reasons why the Australian Primary Producers Union should be accepted as a body qualified to submit nominations for appointment to the . board. If the title of the Wool Growers Association has been changed merely to qualify it as a. body to be consulted by the Minister there can be no reason why the Australian* Primary Producers Union, which includes in its membership a very large number of primary producers who are genuinely engaged in meat production should- not receive equal recognition.


Mr Scully - The Graziers Federal Council of Australia recognizes the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation as a body entitled to equal representation with it on the board.


Mr McEWEN - There is in existence an organization known as the Wool and " Wheat Growers Association and now out of the blue there appears an entirely new organization of which we do not know anything.


Mr Scully - I have already named the organization with which it is affiliated.







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