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Thursday, 11 May 1989
Page: 2397

Senator PANIZZA(11.01) —I would like to add my voice in support of all the amendments that have been moved to date-that is, to No. 7-especially on the point of the Chairperson being a grower at the time of appointment. I believe that it would be the final insult, as I said yesterday, to the 45,000 Australian wheat growers if the Chairman or Chairwoman were not to be a grower. We have heard in this place tonight and yesterday many statements that this is a marketing board rather than a producer board. Then the same speakers have gone on to contradict themselves by saying that some farmers, or a lot of farmers, have marketing skills and managerial skills. So I would certainly like to add my weight, as a representative of Western Australia, to the proposition that the Chairperson of the Wheat Board certainly be a grower at the time of appointment.