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Friday, 5 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I am not acquainted with the position of affairs in other States, but in Victoria this industry has proved particularly beneficial. Nestle's have a magnificent establishment at Warrnambool, and it is a factthat, in some cases, the firm offer better prices for milk than are given by the butter factories; and, of course, the higher the price for milk the better it is for the dairymen. Protection in this connexion has proved a success. Glaxo is a sort of dried milk, not- a pure child's food. Duty has now been imposed upon similar importations, and, as an outcome of this protection,, a magnificent factory has been established at Port Fairy, so that the product is now being made in Australia, from Australian milk, and it is no longer necessary to import from New Zealand. Indeed, Australia has become a big exporting country in respect of these lines. If a dried milk can be prepared which will retain the whole of the qualities of ordinary milk, there will be a fortune in the discovery. Briefly, the policy of the Government has been, in respect of every line of infants' and invalids' food which is not manufactured in Australia, to admit it duty free; but upon imported products, which are similar to foods now manufactured here, duty is imposed.

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