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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I move -

That after the word "of", paragraph (f) sub-section 2, proposed new section 4, the words '' each of " be inserted.

If this amendment be accepted, there will be one representative each of the States of South Australia. Western Aus-. tralia and Tasmania. The Australian Dairy Council recommended that each of the States; should have one producer representative, hut instead of giving effect to that recommendation, the Government proposes the appointment of one. only representative for the three States mentioned. It has been pointed out that it would be very difficult to carry out an election for such a small position over so extensive an area, and that it would also be difficult to find candidates known to the producers in the three States or candidates acquainted with the varying conditions under which the industry is carried on at points so far apart. I know that some members of the Government, including the Assistant Minister, are sympathetic with this amendment, and I hope he will see his way clear to accept it. It would make producercontrol a real thing, and would be greatly appreciated by the producers as a whole.

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