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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator HARDY - When did the Government praise the Australian Dairy Council ?

Senator GIBSON - The Australian Dairy Council consists of practical dairymen who are endeavouring to improve the quality of butter.

Senator Abbott - They have not succeeded in every State.

Senator GIBSON - If Senator Abbott is right in his contention that the quality of first-grade butter is lower in Victoria than in the other States there is something wrong, and the trouble should be rectified. But I can forsee no advantage from changing the system.

Senator HARDY - Does the honorable senator think that the Australian Dairy Council is able to influence the quality of butter?

Senator GIBSON - It can make recommendations. It is a body which comprises some practical men.

Senator Abbott - Has it any powers?

Senator GIBSON - It has the power to recommend. In any case, its powers are just as great as those which may bo exercised by the Dairy Produce Board. I agree with the proposal that one of the members of the board shall be the nominee of the dairy factory managers for it is necessary to have on the board men with technical knowledge of the industry, and they can be found only among the butter factory managers. Everything possible should be done to raise the standard of Australian butter.

The provision for the appointment of a representative of the dairy factory managers has removed some of my objection .to this measure. I had proposed to move that the bill be read this day six months, but as the representatives of the industry, although not satisfied with it, do not want to embarrass the Government, I shall not do so.

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