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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In relation to the first amendment that has been suggested to clause 16 - this seeks the insertion of the words 'or his deputy' after the word 'member' - all I would like to say is that this is covered in sub-clause (5.) of clause 16, which states:

The preceding provisions of this section (other than paragraph (c) of sob-section (1.)) apply to and in relation to a deputy of a member in like manner as they apply to and in relation to a member.

So the point is really covered by that clause.

The second amendment that has been moved to clause 16 seeks the deletion of certain words. The purpose of this amendment is really to exclude a broker from being one of the part-time members of the

Board. I do not know whether that is desirable. What is necessary is to pick the men of highest qualification and experience to be on the Board. If it were necessary and felt wise to put a broker on the Board, 1 think it would be wise to have that flexibility. But if those words are eliminated or if the proposed new sub-clause is inserted, that flexibility would not be available. So, I am afraid that I have to reject the amendments that have been proposed.

Amendments negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 17 and 18 - by leave - taken together.

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