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Wednesday, 25 August 1937

Senator BROWN asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Government been drawn to a statement in the Australian DairyReview, of the 17th August, 1937, to the following effect:- "In the course of the scientific preparations for the Eleventh World's Dairy Congress, to be held in Berlin in August, it became apparent that the production of milk wool is not solely confined to a few countries, apart from Italy, where the invention was made; thus, in Holland, a new textile product, ' Lactofil ', made from the casein of skim milk is being launched on the market, while in Czechoslovakia a company has been founded, the object of which is the making of artificial wool, chiefly for the use of the woollen industry of Britain. For the purpose of this production, which is to be based on the Lanital manufacturing process, as practised in Italy, the Chemical Society of Aussig, in common with a number of wellknown Czechoslovakia!! dairies, has provider! funds amounting to 30,000,000 Czech crowns (almost £212,000). A Hungarian fertilizer factory, the majority of whose shares are owned by the Chemical Society of Aussig, is also going to undertake the production of milk wool by the Lanital process"?

2.   Has the Government made any inquiries regarding the production of artificial wool? 3.Ifso, will the fullest information on this matter be given to honorable senators?

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