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Monday, 20 May 1957


Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I get a little bit tired of the somewhat juvenile statements of the honorable member for Werriwa when he constantly wishes to remind people of the constitutional functions of the Commonwealth and State governments. It becomes very wearying and very tiring at the end of a long session. So far as I am concerned, his presumptuousness is not even regretted; it makes me just a little bit disappointed in him.

I come now to the questions that he asked. It is perfectly true that, in order to gauge, first of all, the efficiency of the poultry industry in Australia and particularly in Western Australia and South Australia, I did give approval for technical experts to visit the United States to find out just what the latest developments were and whether they could be applied here. If the latest developments were known in Australia, then the money would not have been misspent. A member of the Division of Agricultural Economics visited the United States and, I think, other countries, and has since returned. The experts have not submitted a report to me, it is true. There is no necessity for the officers of the Western Australian Government to do so, as they went for purely State purposes and would report to the Western Australian Government- and perhaps the Australian Agricultural Council. I am hopeful that the officer of the Division of Agricultural Economics is preparing a paper now, which will be included in the quarterly journal of the bureau. I think, if it is included in that journal, it will be of much greater benefit than it could ever be if it were passed across to the unfortunate member for Werriwa.







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