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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Primary Industry) (2:48 AM) - I wish to make a couple of brief comments. The honourable member for Dawson (Dr Patterson) was right when he said that the Bill did not contain any provision for consultation with the Australian Wool Board on the appointment of the chairman of the Australian Wool Commission. I would think that such a provision should be included. The honourable member for Dawson was alert in picking up that point. However, I covered this point in my second reading speech. I think this is adequate for the time being.

The honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Irwin) asked whether a part time chairman of the Australian Wool Commission would be appointed if the best man available would accept the position only on a part time basis. Naturally consideration would have to be given to this aspect. However, I think it is important to have provision for a full time chairman. The

Australian Wheat Board, the Australian Meat Board and the Australian Dairy Produce Board all have full time chairmen. Representations have been made for a full time chairman to be appointed to the Australian Wool Board. All I am saying is that the options are not closed. I certainly want to place emphasis upon getting the right man for the job.

The honourable member for Riverina (Mr Grassby) asked whether it would be possible to appoint 2 extra grower representatives. This matter has been considered. The industry itself considered it. There was practically an even vote as to whether there ought to be an additional 2 representatives. The vote was 24 to 25. One fellow was late for the vote, which would have made it 25 to 25. There is a difference of opinion within the industry. The Government looked at this aspect and felt that for concise, precise and rapid handling of the wool situation a smaller body would be more effective. Therefore, it decided to keep the membership of grower representatives to 2.

Clauses agreed to.

Clause 11. (1.) A member, other than the Chairman or the member representing the Commonwealth, may, with the approval of the Commission, appoint a person, other than a member, to be bis deputy, and may revoke any such appointment.

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