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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr BREEN (Calare) .- In looking for an explanation as to why the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation should be permitted to nominate representatives of lamb and mutton producers, the honorable member for Indi (Mr. McEwen) is merely beating the air. If he reads the proposed new sub-section again he will see that it contains the additional qualifying words " or any other body approved by the Minister ''. The Minister must have discretionary powers to determine who is a lamb or mutton producer. The constitution of the Wheat Growers Union of New South Wales makes it mandatory that members must be wheat-growers. However, in addition to growing wheat, they may engage in other primary pursuits such as meat production. The union is affiliated with another organization whose members need not necessarily bo. wheat-growers. The provision that each member appointed to represent the la mb producers and mutton producers on the Australian Meat Board shall be appointed from persons nominated by any other body approved by the Minister apart from the Graziers Federal Council of Australia or the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation enables the Minister to break through the hotch-potch constitutions of the primary producers organizations" in order to save them from being deprived of the benefit of representation on the body concerned with their industry.

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