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Wednesday, 23 September 1942

Senator HERBERT HAYS (TASMANIA) - In view of the serious falling off in production in the dairying industry, particularly butter, which has now reached a serious stage, can the Minister representing the Minister forCommerce say what steps, if any, the Government intends to take, not only to maintain the present production, but also to increase it, so that adequate supplies shall be available to supply the fighting forces as well as the civilian population, and to enable Australia to fulfil its obligations to the British Government?

SenatorFRASER. - The Government is aware of the serious difficulties associated with the dairying industry, and during the last few weeks steps have been taken to cope with the situation.

Senator Herbert Hays - Will the Minister indicate the nature of the steps that have been taken?

SenatorFRASER. - If the honorable member desires full information, I shall obtain a report on the subject, and make it available to him.

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