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Thursday, 29 May 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers . -

1.   Australian requirements of olive oil average approximately 380,000 gallons, of which 30,000 gallons is produced locally and the balance imported.

2.   The manufacture in Australia of an olive oil substitute for textile lubrication has already been commenced under licence from England. This lubricant is approved by the Wool Industries Research Association of Leeds.

3.   Expert advice is to the effect that sunflower oil is of little value as a substitute for olive oil and the Government is not prepared to encourage the production of sunflower seed for the purpose of oil extraction.

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