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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr MCDONALD (Corangamite) . - I move-

That, in proposed new section five, subsection (4.), after the word "Federation", the following words be inserted: - "or the Australian Primary Producers' Union ".

Mr Scully - Why is it necessary to move an amendment for that purpose when it is already provided that the Minister shall have discretion to approve of any body other than those named in the proposed new sub-section as a body to nominate persons for appointment to thi' board?

Mi-. McDONALD. - I am concerned whether the Minister will use his discretion wisely.

Mr Scully - Additions to the proposed new sub-section would not increase my discretionary power.

Mr McDONALD - The Australian Primary Producers Union represents more meat producers than either of the organizations named in the proposed new sub-section.

Mr Scully - It must have more than 100,000 members if it has more members than the other two organizations.

Mr McDONALD - It has a big membership, which is growing every day.

Mr Scully - The two organizations named represent meat producers throughout Australia.

Mr McDONALD - They may be representatives of the meat producers, but I do not think that they represent them to the same degree as does the Australian Primary Producers Union, because it includes a tremendous number of the smaller producers who, before it was formed, were not affiliated with any organization of primary producers. I think the Minister could do the graceful thing and establish the record of having accepted one amendment from the Opposition. That is a. record that he ought to he anxious to establish.

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