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Senator Collard presented the Report of the Committee appointed on 22 May 1985 to draw up Reasons for the Senate disagreeing to the amendment made by the House of Representatives in the Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 1985.

Reasons read, as follows- Reasons for the Senate not agreeing to the amendment made by the House of Representatives Having regard to the fact that the Australian Wheat Board is an entirely self-funded body that is wholly and solely responsible for the disposal of its product, it is the view of the Senate that the amendment to the Bill by the House of Representatives should be rejected. It is the Senate's belief that the wheat growers of Australia should have majority control of the Board.

The Government's desire to have people with special expertise (with which the Senate agrees) is accommodated by having three such people on the Board. However, the Government's arrogant threat as ''proposed'' by the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, Senator Walsh, to abandon entirely the Australian Wheat Board seems excessive in the light of the fact that the Senate is proposing three members with special expertise as against four as proposed by the House of Representatives.

S. J. COLLARDOn behalf of the Committee23 May 1985 Senator Collard moved-That the Report be adopted.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

And it being 2 p.m.-