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Thursday, 28 March 1946


Mr ABBOTT (New England) . - I desire to bring before the House a matter which gravely reflects upon the administration of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture. From the evidence which I shall bring before honorable members it appears that the Minister has given preference to the manufacturers of dog biscuits, primarily used to feed racing greyhounds, over the needs of the people of Great Britain and Europe and the starving millions in India. As I shall show, this preference has been given, not only to the detriment of our export obligations, but also at the expense of the Australian poultry farmer and bacon producer and at a price which sacrifices the interests of the wheat farmer. The unfortunate position of the people of Great Britain, and of India where famine stalks the land, is only too well known to honorable members.I remind them, however, particularly those representing dairying and poultry farming districts, of the acute shortage of mill offals for feeding poultry for the acute is this shortage that many poultry production of eggs and pig products. So men have had to go out of production and pig fatteners have ceased operations. In the New England electorate, particularly in the Tamworth area, which pro- duces one-twelfth of the total egg production of New South Wales, poultry farmers have had to slaughter their flocks because of the shortage of mill offals for feed. Yet, at this very time, the Minister chooses to cut down their already restricted feed supplies, thus further reducing production. In support of these very grave charges, I produce a circular dated the 11th February, 1946, which was addressed by the New South Wales State Superintendent of the Australian Wheat Board to millers, wheat distributors and others concerned. The circular reads as follows : -







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