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Monday, 5 June 1939

Mr Forde e asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   How many dairy farmers are there in Australia?

2.   How many persons are employed on wages in the dairying industry?

3.   How many persons are (a) directly, and (6) indirectly, dependent on the dairying industry?

4.   What Was the production of butter in (a) 1928, and (b) 1938?

5.   What quantity was (a) consumed locally, and (6) exported in each of the years - mentioned ?

Sir Frederick Stewart - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows :-*-

1.   The 1933 census disclosed that there were 53,314 dairy farmers in Australia at that date.

2.   The 1933 census disclosed that there were 31,994 persons employed on wages, some on a part-time basis only, on dairy farms. 3. (a) 116,958 persons (1933 census) were directly dependent as bread-winners on production, processing and distribution of dairy products. Assuming 1.29 dependent persons a bread-winner (the average of the 1033 census), the total number of persons dependent on the industry would be 267,834; (b) not available.

4.   1927-28, 125,375 tons; 1937-38, 191,484 tons. 5. (a) 1927-28, 84,218 tons; 1937-38. 103,398 tons. (6) 1927-28, 44,271 tons; 1937-38, 88,101 tons.

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