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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Commerce whether it is a fact that Great Britain has asked Australia for 70,000 tons of butter and 30,000 tons of cheese next season in addition to unlimited quantities of dehydrated butter and millions of cases of condensed milk and dried milk? Is the Minister aware that it was announced at a meeting of the Dairy Produce Control Committee that the principal difficulty in the way of supplying those requirements was the shortage of man-power? If so, will the

Minister give an assurance to the House and to the dairying industry that all the man-power necessary to enable Great Britain's requirements to be met will be made available?

Mr SCULLY - Many factors operate to prevent the complete carrying out of our export contracts. As the honorable member is aware the principal cause is the lack of shipping. The Central Food Council has been established with the express purpose of watching both production and export. The export of dairy produce to Great Britain is agitating the minds of that council and of the Department of Commerce. Under no circumstances will the needs of Great Britain be overlooked.

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