As I understand it, this Bill is specifically designed to set up a board to deal with surplus wheat. This section seems to depart to quite a degree from that purpose. It seems to me to infringe on the functions of normal trading sections of the community in importing cereal products and animal feeding stuffs. I wonder why the Minister thought it necessary to include such a section in a Bill of this kind. Are there not sufficient agencies at present in the normal milling and grain trades and similar trades, to provide sufficient facilities to import the cereal products and animal feeding mentioned in this section?
I am not speaking on the merits or otherwise of the Bill, but just on this section. I do not think the section should be included in the Bill at all, if the Bill is specifically to provide for dealing with surplus wheat. Under this section, the Minister can authorise the board to import feeding stuffs of any description which are normally imported through existing trade channels —is that not correct?—and in competition with existing trade channels. I suggest that this is an infringement of existing rights people have built up over a long number of years and should not be included in the Bill.