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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr BREEN (Calare) (12:27 PM) . Continually during the debate it has been pointed, out that, unfortunately, organizations of producers have not enrolled' in their ranks anything like a majority of the men engaged in production. We frequently have the spectacle of two or more rival producer organizations advocating contrary policies. I witnessed such a spectacle in the last couple of days. At least three groups of primary producers have put forward policies, each of which differs in some degree from the others. Each group has asked' me to' support its scheme. I have not the wisdom of Solomon, and do not intend to be placed in the position of having to "divide the child". I put it to the committee that, because of the paucity of organization among the primary producers, the Minister must determine who shall be appointed, without rival organizations pressing for his approval of their representatives, in view of the fact that each man would be instructed to advocate a different policy should he be appointed to the board. Whoever may be appointed cannot, in effect, be in complete accord with the policy of all the producers. The majority of the producers in a particular electorate may be outside any organization. That being the case, the members of this Parliament who represent rural constituencies can more truly speak on behalf of a group of farmers than could even a direct representative of a number of. farmers in an industrial organization. The Minister is wise in refusing to accept the amendment, and in insisting on the passage of the clause as drafted.

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