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Wednesday, 7 December 1927


Senator ANDREW (Victoria) . - I desire to refer to the amount of £50 provided as a subscription to the International Poultry Congress, including the expenses of the Commonwealth's delegate. In various parts of the world, poultry congresses are held from time to time, at which representatives of the poultry industry in various countries meet to discuss matters affecting the industry. If the amount could be increased to cover the expenses of a delegate from Australia to the congress, the result would be of benefit to this country. The poultry industry of Australia has developed considerably during recent years. This season we have exported large quantities of eggs at prices averaging 2s. per dozen. A number of returned soldiers have taken up poultry farming and are achieving success. I feel sure that if the Government could see its way to provide a sum sufficient to meet the full expenses of an Australian delegate to the International Poultry Congress, its action would not only be appreciated by those engaged in the poultry industry, but would also prove of benefit to Australia generally. We hear a great deal of the desirability of making two blades of grass grow where only one grows now. Similarly, if we can produce more eggs of better quality, it must be to our advantage. A large business was done in the export of eggs this season. No less than 6,404,040 eggs were sent out of Australia - about 1,200 tons. The amount received by the producer was over £35,000, while the shipping companies received £6,000 in freight. This will give some idea of the trade, and it is still growing. It will be much larger next season and we must do as much as possible to foster the industry.







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