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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - Because of demobilisation, there is not now sufficient demand for meat from these works to justify keepingan establishment of such size in operation, and they were closed. An inter-departmental committee was set upto advise as to what should be done. The Government has decided to refer the matter to the North Australia Development Commission, consisting of two representatives of Queensland, two representatives ofWestern Australia-

Mr Blain - And none from the Northern Teritory?

Mr FORDE - Yes, I think the Northern Territory also will be represented, but I am not certain about that. When the report of this body is received, a decision will be made. I re mind the honorable member that the abattoir had a killing capacity of 700 beasts a week, which was enough to meet the requirements of an army of over 50,000 men. The works are of a size which makes it uneconomic to keep them working merely to supply the needs of the small white population in the Northern Territory.

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