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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 982


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In the course of my speech in the second reading debate, 1 referred the Minister for Air (Senator Drake-Brockman) to clause 4(10.) which provides:

The Minister may, on the death, resignation or removal from office of an industry member, appoint a person to hold the vacant office for the remainder of the period of office of the member.

I raise this matter in connection with the producers retaining control of the Board upon the death, resignation or removal from office of a producer member, for want of a better term.


Senator Little - The honourable senator has not read proposed new sub-section (2a.) in clause 6 (b).


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

Perhaps I have not. I have read the Bill and I cannot see where protection is afforded to the producers. It seems to me that it is not mandatory for the Minister to appoint a producer representative. Senator Little interjects-


Senator Little - If the honourable senator reads clause 6 (b) he will see that proposed new sub-section (2a.) states:

Where the Minister becomes aware that a member to represent honey producers has not, at all times since the commencement of his period of office, been the owner of at least two hundred hives of bees, the Minister shall remove him from office.

If the Minister appoints a person who has not that qualification, he must remove him immediately from office, So, a member must own 200 hives at all times in the period that he occupies office; otherwise the Minister must remove him. That is the protection.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 noticed, in the course of my reading of the Bill, the point to which Senator Little has referred. But it does not answer, and it is quite different from, the point that 1 make. Clause 4 (10.) of the Bill provides:

The Minister may, on the death, resignation or removal from office of an industry member, appoint a person to hold the vacant office for the remainder of the period of office of the member.


Senator Little - But he cannot appoint a person to replace a former member if that person has not that qualification. If the Minister appoints him and he has not that qualification, the Minister must remove him.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not talking about the qualification. Let us assume that a producer member dies, resigns or is removed from office. The Minister then, under this clause, can appoint a person who may be a packer and not necessarily a producer.


Senator Young - Does nol the principal Act provide for and spell out specifically the composition of the Board?


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That point could be covered. But a packer producer could be appointed. It appears to me that the situation is that it is not mandatory for the Minister to appoint a producer to replace a producer. 1 ask the Minister to explain that sub-clause in the Bill.







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