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Wednesday, 16 November 1938

Mr CASEY - The Government has to give consideration to a suggestion of this sort, because it is quite different from those that have already been made in this regard. The committee is merely an investigational committee, and it will lose a great deal of its effectiveness if. it becomes unduly large in size. The Government has already received a request, I understand, that Queensland canegrowers be given representation on the committee. There is a question already on the notice-paper relative to the matter raised by the honorable member.

Mr FADDEN - I should like to ask the Prime Minister if he has received a copy of the following lettergram from the Queensland Canegrowers' Council : -

Council Agriculture and selves regret exceedingly continued refusal request and find it most difficult visualize valid claims from farmer organizations for individual representation should Government appoint Commonwealth representative to ,va tell interests supplies farm product raw material. If Government does fair thing, consider should have no fear unfair criticism from groat tody re. sonableminded primary producers. Council Agriculture asking Australian Primary Producers' Association as representative all organized farmers of Australia confirm tins request, and to support appointment one producer representative for Commonwealth. Nominee of Australian Primary Producers' Association would undoubtedly be acceptable to organized primary-producing interests of Australia.

If he has, what action does the Government propose to take in connexion with it?

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