The Inaugural conference of the P. P. Board Officials of New South Wales was concluded in Sydney last week. Mr. E. C. Bluett, who organised the conference, was elected secretary to the institute.
The following motions were carried:
That in the opinion of this body it is advisable that a veterinary museum be founded in connection with the Stock Department, and that the members of the institute do all in their power to procure suitable specimens of educational value.
That with the view to economy and efficiency it is desirable that all work carried on by the Government department in relation to animal breeding, control of diseases in animals, meat inspection, and matters of a kindred nature, be placed under the control of the chief veterinary officer of the Department of Agriculture.
That recognising the fact that there does not exist an Australian treatise of diseases in stock, that stock inspectors of New South Wales be asked to compile papers bearing on the different diseases in their district, and that at a subsequent conference, the co-operation of the stock departments of Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia, and other sections of the Commonwealth be asked to assist in the compilation of such a work.
That in the event of the Veterinary Surgeons Bill becoming law representations to the Minister for Agriculture be made beforehand, asking that provision be made for the registration of stock inspectors as veterinary surgeons after three years from date of appointment.
That the Minister for Agriculture be urged to bring before Parliament at an early date the Brands Bill, previously submitted, so as to allow of the cancellation of a large number of unused brands, the owners of which have in many instances been deceased for years.
That in the interests of stockowners generally, the Minister be strongly urged to proceed with the early presentation to Parliament of the Veterinary Surgeons Bill.
That the present system of paying an Inspector of Stock a salary out of which he has to find his equipment and travelling expense constitutes a tax on the energetic officer, and is against the best interests of the working of the department. In the opinion of this conference the salary should be a net amount, and expenses allowed at so much per day while away from headquarters.
Where an officer is solely employed as a rabbit inspector, his minimum salary should be £300 a year, with a forage allowance that should also cover the wear and tear of equipment.
That in view of the sacrifices made by two brother-officers, Messrs. Flood and McPherson—who volunteered for active service abroad, this conference elects these gentlemen honorary members of the institute.