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Tuesday, 21 May 1957

Mr DUTHIE (Wilmot) .- I move -

That in clause 12, at the end of sub-clause (1.), the following paragraph be added: - " (h) A representative of the Australian Primary Producers Union.".

I made this suggestion, Mr. Chairman, in my speech on the motion for the second reading of the bill. I pointed out the jus tice of having on this committee a representative of the Australian Primary Producers Union, an organization with a membership of about 30,000 people. Support for this proposal comes from other primary producers' organizations in Victoria and Tasmania. An interesting feature of the composition of this committee was referred to by my colleagues, the honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) and the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Clarey), who pointed out that two of the nine members will not be wool-growers. They are the representative of the universities and the representative of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. In my speech I commended the inclusion of such representatives, but I feel that the case I am now presenting on behalf of the A.P.P.U. has more weight from the growers' point of view than the case for the appointment of representatives of the universities and the C.S.I.R.O.

I ask the Minister whether he is prepared to give consideration to this amendment. I wonder whether the Government received representations from the A.P.P.U. when this bill was under consideration, and if so, whether it gave serious consideration to those representations. In any case, I trust that it will give consideration to my proposal now. The A.P.P.U. is probably the biggest union of its kind in Australia. I feel that only good could come of having a wool-grower member of that union on the Wool Research Committee. The woolgrowers' section is an important section of the union. Its representative on the committee would not be a narrow-minded wool-grower-

Mr Leslie - That is the way to win friends!

Mr DUTHIE - I appreciate the interjection from the honorable member for Moore. I am glad to be pulled up on that statement. What I mean is that whereas a wool-grower generally thinks only in terms of wool, a representative of the A.P.P.U. would think in terms of all the primary producing industries. He would have in mind the effect that wool has on other primary industries.

A Government Member. - Rubbish!

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