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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) .. - I support the remarks of Senator Wilson. Why did the Senate, after very mature consideration, previously agree by quite a good majority to a compromise of 6d., 9d., and ls.? Has any proof been given that the Committee was wrong? If it is necessary to protect this industry in the interests of soldiers, we should do so. Owing to the collapse in the market for the output of the primary producers, their prospects are anything but good, and we should be anxious to do anything we can to prevent returned soldiers who have been settled on the land sustaining failure. "We do not want to see their holdings thrown back on the Government. If the price of butter fat is to remain for any length of time as low as lid. or ls., where it is to-day, dairy farms cannot be made to pay.

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