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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr McEWEN - I am not able to say that I have a knowledge, and I am not sure whether my department has a knowledge, of the filled milk trade in the areas mentioned by the honorable member. For a number of years the department has been vigorously promoting the sale of Australian dried and condensed milk products. It has proposed the establishment of reconstituted milk plants in certain areas. This would permit the sale of a product comparable with but not identical with what I understand to be " filled milk ". That would involve the 'use of Australian dried or concentrated milk, with or without some locally-produced milk which could be cow's milk, goat's milk or, in many cases, even buffalo milk. Discussions have been taking place concerning the supply, not of reconstituted milk but of other types of milk to Singapore, India and former African colonies including Rhodesia. The honorable member can be assured that a vigorous interest has been shown in this matter; but I shall take up the aspect that he has mentioned.

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