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Wednesday, 9 September 1942

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - Will the Minister for Commerce inform me whether his department has investigated the suitability of Tasmania for the dehydration of mutton? If it has not, will the honorable gentleman ascertain whether r branch of this industry could be established, with advantage, in that State?

Mr SCULLY - I shall order the fullest possible investigation. The only difficulty that suggests itself to my mind at the moment is regarding supplies of meat. Whilst I am sure that the product would Ik; satisfactory, extensive supplies are required for the scheme to be effective. But I shall send to Tasmania two departmental officials, who are responsible for handling matters associated with the dehydration of mutton, for the purpose of making an investigation.

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