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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - At least since I have been Minister for Primary Industry I have been interested in this problem of egg production in Australia, particularly in view of the fact that in recent months the United Kingdom was producing eggs on such a large scale that it appeared probable that it would develop an export surplus. At the last meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council I had the matter placed on the agenda and it was then discussed.

Mr Haylen - Why did the Minister not have it laid on the table?

Mr McMAHON - On one hand we have an apparently serious question from an honorable member, dealing with a serious problem, and, on the other, a foolish remark which suggests that another honorable member does not take the matter seriously at all.

Mr Ward Mr. Wardinterjecting,

Mr McMAHON - The honorable member for East Sydney finds the matter of jovial concern. I know he is one of those who has experienced rotten eggs, but nevertheless he might have the courtesy to let this very important problem be dealt with in a serious fashion in this House.

Opposition members interjecting,

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