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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr PATERSON - Can the Minister for Commerce advise managers of butter factories what to do when they find their seasonal supplies of milk and cream rapidly increasing, but see little or no prospect of being able to process such supplies because skilled butter-makers in the Army will not be released for buttermaking?

Mr SCULLY - I am astonished to know that skilled butter-makers, whose release from the Army has been applied for in order that they may make such an important product as butter, have not been released.

Mr Paterson - I know of several instances.

Mr SCULLY - Lf the manager of a butter factory so handicapped will take the matter up again with the man-power authorities, T. am sure that a recommendation for the release of the men concerned will be made immediately.

Mr Paterson - The trouble is nol with the man-power authorities, but with the military authorities.

Mr SCULLY - I am confident that if thu Army authorities realize the seriousness of the situation they will release these men, if possible.

Mr PATERSON - Will the Minister for the Army take action to ease the position which has developed in many Victorian butter factories, owing to the fact that the military authorities have not seen fit to release key men in the butter industry, despite- the fact that their release from the Army has been strongly recommended by the man-power authorities?

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