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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr HUTCHINSON (Deakin) . - To every amendment which the Opposition submits, the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (Mr. Scully) should give a considered reply. The purpose of the amendment suggested by the honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. McDonald) is to incorporate in proposed sub-section 4 the Australian Primary Producers Union. This organization extends to four States, and represents in some States, at least, if not in the majority of them, the small producers of lamb and mutton. Therefore, this union is entitled to be considered when the Australian Meat Board is being constituted. So far, the Minister has not replied to the proposal. Certainly, the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen) stated that there was no reason why half a dozen other primary producers' organizations should not be considered in the same category as the Australian Primary Producers Union. That statement will not bear examination, because the honorable member cannot name any other organization which extends to more than three States and represents so many producers of lamb and mutton. The Australian Primary Producers Union is rapidly extending its influence throughout Australia. Already, it has a very big hold in four States. That should not escape the attention of the Government. If the Minister has any valid reason for. oppos-ing the amendment, I invite him to state it.

Amendment negatived.

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