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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - The decision of Cabinet in this matter did not disregard the interests of the dairying industry, but took them well into account. We hold a strong conviction that, in order to preserve the dairying industry of Australia, it is necessary to win the war. In order to win the war, our soldiers have to be fed properly, and as economically as possible, having regard to the problem of supply to the battle stations. The advice tendered to the Cabinet is that butter, in the form in which we can provide it and store it at some of the stations where troops are engaged, will not keep. Our medical advisers have suggested the course which Cabinet has adopted. Having regard to all the factors which must be taken into account, the Cabinet has made a decision which it believes to be the proper one.

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