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Tuesday, 21 May 1957


Mr CHAIRMAN - Order ! I cannot allow the honorable member for Mallee to proceed along those lines. Clause 12 relates to the personnel of the committee.


Mr Curtin - The honorable member should-


The CHAIRMAN - Order! If the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith offends again, he will be dealt with.


Mr TURNBULL - I agree with your ruling, Mr. Chairman. I was merely correcting, in passing, what the honorable member for Bendigo had said. I mentioned, at the second-reading stage, the matter of representation on the committee, and said that certain organizations had asked me to move an amendment to the proposed clause. The honorable member for Bendigo has made out a big case for the small growers. He said that, speaking as a Victorian, he could only say what had happened in his own electorate. Why does he exclude the Victorian Wool and Wheat Growers Association from consideration? Does the Labour party intend, later, to move a further amendment for the" inclusion in the committee of a representative of that organization also? Why does the honorable member for Bendigo make a special plea on behalf of the Australian Primary Producers Union? That organization has played a very great part in assisting the producer, but the Victorian Wheat and Wool Growers Association is surely not without merit.

I am aware of the merit of both the Australian Primary Producers Union and the Victorian Wool and Wheat Growers Association, but, in common with every honorable member of the Parliament, I must be guided by what is politically possible. That is the first thing that one must find out. I found out that it was not politically possible to have a representative of the Australian Primary Producers

Union or the Victorian Wool and Wheat Growers Association included in the committee. For that reason, I said, at the second-reading stage, that I did not think it served any good purpose to drag the names of these associations into the House by way of an amendment that was sure to be defeated.

The honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Duthie), in moving this amendment, knew full well that the Minister had. at the second-reading stage, said that he had considered the case made out by different organizations for representation on the committee, and had been unable to agree to it. The honorable member for Wilmot is prepared to drag in the name of a very fine union, knowing full well that the amendment will be rejected. I do not believe that that is in the best interests of the organization. The honorable member has been in this House almost as long as I have and knows what is politically possible. At the second-reading stage, the Minister made what would happen quite clear. The honorable member is not putting this amendment forward in the best interests of those concerned.







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