Delegates to the annual conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors met in committee on the final day of their conference to consider the reports of the Institute and the union, and to elect an executive for the ensuing year.
The provision of a superannuation scheme for inspectors of stock was discussed and it was agreed that everything possible be done to advance the claims and rights of the inspectors, who were considered to be practically civil servants.
The election of officers resulted as follows:—
President, Mr. F. F. Forster (Goulburn), vice-presidents, Messrs. J. Faulker (Maitland), C. J. Woollett (Tamworth) ; committee, C. O. Furness (Bathurst), F. Hildred (Jerilderie), E. A. Lucas (Holbrook), E. J. Quinn (Brewarrina), W. N. Rees (Moss Vale), T. K. Ryan (Coonamble), C. W. Sabine (Grafton), W. J. Smith (Young), H. M. Warburton (Nyngan), and F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera) ; secretary, Mr. E. C. Bluett (re-elected).
At the closing session of the conference consideration was given to matters affecting the classification of districts and of proposals to be put before the stock inspectors' conciliation committee in regard to salaries and allowances. During the morning the subject of superannuation was dealt with in a comprehensive manner in an address by Mr. E. H. J. O'Halloran, president of the Association of Local Government Clerks.
Resolutions, adopted in committee at Thursday's session, advocated the legalising of cattle earmarking, with penalties for earmarking or ill-using, and the granting of prior rights as to the disposal of travelling stock routes to the Department of Agriculture, instead of to the Department of Lands.
It was also decided to ask that where lands dedicated as public watering palces did not embrace an area containing a village water supply, but formed part of a travelling reserve, maintained as a travelling stock route, representation be made to the Minister for Local Government to revoke the dedication of such an area as a public watering place, and to notify it as a reserve for travelling stock.