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Tuesday, 21 May 1957

Mr ROBERTON (Riverina) (Minister for Social Services) . - In informing the honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Duthie) that his amendment is unacceptable to the Government and to me, let me preface my few words by saying that I have been a member of the largest, oldest and most reputable farmers' union in the Commonwealth for the last 35 years. For my sins, I was the general president of that organization for four years, and I have been a member of its executive council for more than a quarter of a century. That is the answer to the snide suggestion that I am opposed to unionism, particularly to farmers' unions. We know that it is difficult for the honorable member for Wilmot to understand the pastoral organization of our country. I know that the honorable member knows nothing whatever about primary industries, primary producers or primary producers' organizations.

Mr Duthie - I rise to order. I ask, Mr. Chairman, whether it is in order for an honorable member, a Minister into the bargain, to reflect, so to speak, on the pastoral intelligence of members on this side of the chamber? I was brought up on a wheat farm-

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