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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) .- The Government cannot accept the amendment moved by the honorable member for Indi (Mr. McEwen). It is impractical, unrealistic . and fatuous. The honorable member knows quite well that the State governments control the production pf wheat. This bill has been brought forward as the result of an agreement between the Commonwealth Government and the State governments. Under no conditions will the State governments hand over to the Commonwealth Government the control of production. The honorable member suggests that the Australian Wheat Board should act as adviser to the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, who should, on its advice, control production. He knows perfectly well that that cannotbe done.

Mr McEwen - I do not acknowledge that.

Mr DEDMAN - The Australian Wheat Board is purely a marketing authority. The board set up under clause 21 is a board to control production.It will have on it representatives of the States. They insist on that because they insist on retaining control of production.

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