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Wednesday, 24 July 1946


Mr BREEN (Calar.e) .Honorable members opposite imply that Government supporters are opposed to the inclusion on the Australian Meat Board of a representative of the Australian Primary Producers Union. That is not so. As I pointed out earlier, the provision allows the Minister to give full recognition to the claims of all these organizations. If the Opposition, by its persistence, seeks to have the name of a particular organization inserted in this proposed sub-section, there is no reason why the names of half a dozen other organizations should not also be included. To carry the argument a stage further, we could fill pages of this hill with the names of primary producers organizations that could advance arguments in support of their inclusion.


Mr Guy - They would not be federations.


Mr BREEN - To designate an organization a " federation " does not distinguish it substantially from other similar organizations. The fact that a union divided itself into five groups in one State, or spreads itself beyond the boundaries of one State and regards itself as a federation or union, does not necessarily increase its importance. Our opposition to this amendment does not mean that we refuse to admit that the Australian Primary Producers Union should be included among the bodies which are entitled to representation on the board, but is dictated by the necessity to preserve brevity in the definition of the organizations.







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