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Thursday, 18 May 1939


Mr Paterson n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   At the last meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council, was any progress made in the direction of achieving unanimity on the part of the States as to methods which might be adopted by them to prevent the practica of colouring margarine artificially in such a manner as to make that product indistinguishable from butter?

2.   In the event of failure to secure combined action by the State governments in this direction, will the Government give consideration to the imposition of an excise duty upon such margarine that has been so coloured?


Sir Frederick STEwART -The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following information : -

Progress was made, but unanimity was not achieved. The whole question of State and Federal action will be further considered at a meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council to be held next month.







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