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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I refer to the widely publicized letter stated to have been sent by the Prime Minister's secretary to the secretary of the Milk Zone Farmers Council, Mr. Sedgwick. Does this letter indicate a change of the Government's attitude towards the claims of the farmers in the milk zone for a review of production costs? - Will the Government bear in mind that, despite the present exceptionally good winter conditions in the zone, there is still widespread discontent because the finding of a cost of ls. 6¾d. by Professor Copland, on which the retail price is at present based, is substantially below the Milk Board's finding and also that of two independent investigators? If the Government's attitude has not changed, will the Prime Minister consider the desirability of conducting a further governmental inquiry into costs of production in the zone, with a view to fixing a return to the producers which will enable them to pay their way in both good and bad seasons?

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