The first business on the second day of the above conference was devoted to the annual meeting of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock. During the morning the Minister for Agriculture (Mr. F. A. Chaffey), who had been prevented by political business from opening the conference the previous day, attended, and addressed members, whom he congratulated upon the fine spirit existing between the inspectors and the department.
Mr. Chaffey went on to say that he regretted the retirement of old stock inspectors, who were without the benefit of any scheme of superannuation, for it was due to their devotion to duty and the excellent way in which their duties had been carried out that the State today was in such a good position in regard to freedom from disease. He also referred to the retirement from the service of the president of the institute, Mr. E. A. Hamilton, who is going into commercial life, and expressed great regret at losing his services. He thanked Mr. Hamilton for the ability and tact with which had had acted as a member of the Veterinary Surgeons' Board. The very satisfactory position that existed today was, he said, largely the result of the work of that board. He was particularly pleased, he continued, with the good work done at the Glenfield research station, which was greatly assisted by the cordial cooperation with Dr. Seddon of the stock inspectors in various districts. He was also pleased to note the change of attitude on the part of the Pastures Protection Boards, which were also cooperating and assisting in the work of the Stock Department.
The Minister made reference to the probable repeal of the old P.P. Act in the near future. It was intended, he said, to wipe out various silly provisions that were embodied in the Act, and amend it so as to give the people looking after stock matters in the country more freedom of action with regard to local affairs, the central authority merely exercising general control. He thought a satisfactory measure of this character would put a stop to the clamor for the abolition of the P.P. Boards that was made by people who, after all, had not been prepared with anything better. He knew there were anomalies, and he hoped to get them rectified in a way that would simplify the work of the future.
The council's annual report referred to the retirement, commented upon by the Minister, of six old and esteemed members, owing to a retiring age being enforced for the first time. Regret was expressed that no scheme of superannuation was available to recompense these members for their valuable and arduous service to the community. The institute's industrial award expired by effluxion of time, the report said, in August last, but at a conference with representatives of the Department and the P.P. Boards' Council of Advice, satisfactory arrangements were made for a renewal for a further term of three years, under practically the same conditions as were laid down in the original award.
Referring to the attendance of inspectors in batches at the Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, the report stated that the action of the department in making arrangements was appreciated. It must result in increased efficiency, and so greatly benefit stockowners. It was regretted, however, that members so attending should be called upon to pay part of their own expenses, and it was a tribute to their zeal that they should be willing to do so.
The retiring president (Mr. Hamilton) was made a life member of the institute, and the following were elected to office for the year:— President, Mr. J. Faulkner (West Maitland); vice-presidents, Messrs. H. Copeland (Moree) and W. L. Reese (Inverell); committee, Messrs. F. H. Whyte (Wagga), C. W. Sabine (Grafton), M. T. Little (Hay), J. W. Smith (Young), C. O. Furness (Yass), F. Hildred (Jerilderie), E. A. Lucas (Holbrook), H. M. Warburton (Nyngan), L. W. Bucknell (Coonabarabran), and S. J. Quinn (Brewarrina).
Delegates to conference spent the afternoon in a visit of inspection to the Dairy Farmers' Co-operative Milk Co.'s premises in Harris Street, the management of which is being taken over by Mr. E. A. Hamilton.