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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr PATERSON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister for Commerce say what steps, if any, have been taken to ensure that butter factories shall receive some relief with respect to the acute depletion of skilled labour in those factories owing to enlistments, which is likely to make it impossible to process the amount of cream and milk offering?

Mr SCULLY - The whole matter of the dairying industry is being taken up by the Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Department of Labour and National Service. The Director-General of Man Power has given a direction whereby a practically total exemption has been given to skilled operators in the dairying industry, especially in butter factories. Whenever dairying companies apply for the release of skilled operators the Man Power authority immediately asks the Army for their release. Everything possible has been done to preserve the industry.

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