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Thursday, 7 November 1946

Mr ANTHONY - I ask the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture whether it is correct that for the last eighteen months or thereabouts, the butter producers' organizations have been making representations for an increase of the price of butter from ls. 74d. to ls. 11½d. per lb. and have prepared statistics and documentary evidence to show that that is the cost of production? Has the Minister appointed a committee to inquire into the position of the dairying industry ? If so, who are the persons who have been appointed to the committee, what are its terms of reference and when will it make its report? I emphasize the urgent necessity for action to relieve the plight of the industry.

Mr POLLARD - Generally, I have never known a period when dairyfarmers - and I have been one - were not seeking increased prices for their produce. I have no doubt that this is a continuing policy. On the representations of the dairymen's federal organization my predecessor, Mr. Scully, agreed to appoint a committee to inquire into production costs. The terms of reference and the names of the appointees will in due course be furnished to the honorable gentleman.

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