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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr RYAN (Flinders) .I strongly support the proposal. of the honorable member for Corangamite that the Australian Primary Producers Union bc named as a body that may make nominations of persons for appointment to the Australian Meat Board. I need not repeat what I said about the organization in my second-reading speech, but T do impress upon the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (Mr. Scully) that it is very strong in Victoria. I have been a member since its inception and have attended meetings of it all over the State. Its membership in Victoria alone is no fewer than 10,000.

Mr Dedman - How long has it been in existence?

Mr RYAN - Nearly two years. It is not only a State organization. It is practically a federal organization. I understand that the Minister has refused to meet a deputation from it or to. name it in the proposed new sub-section. In the last two hours the Minister has shown sympathy towards the organization. I should like an assurance from him that he will confer with representatives of it at an early date and that it will be one of the organizations that may make nominations in the same way. as the Graziers Federal Council of Australia and the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation are entitled to make nominations. Whilst the Graziers Federal Council of Australia is a wellknown body, we have never heard of the mysterious organization named the Australian Wool and Meat Producers

Federation. It is less important than the Australian Primary Producers Union. I urge the Minister to accept the amendment.

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