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Tuesday, 27 October 1964

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) .- This expenditure in South East Asia has been exercising my mind also since I visited the Philippines and most of the other countries to which reference is made in the Supplementary Report of the Auditor-General. In the Philippines there is an organisation known as Milk Industries Incorporated. This receives dried milk powder from Australia and reconstitutes it. The product is distributed widely through a shopping chain in the Philippines. I think this distribution could be expanded, particularly of

Australian butter, cheese and other milk products, since Australian money is invested in the venture. Such an expansion would be of advantage to our exporters and to the company in which our capital is invested. Marketing in the Philippines seems to be rather a complicated business. I understand that Milk Industries Incorporated is the main supplier of the co-operative chain in the Philippines. It has, therefore, access to a rapid method of distribution of milk products. I should like to know whether anything has been done by the Department of Primary Industry to get our primary production exporting authorities to direct their attention to this method of distribution used In the Philippines. The Department of Trade and Industry can solicit business and organise the flow of business through various organisations. Could this method of trading be expanded and developed so that our primary products could flow through new avenues?

Senator Anderson - I will refer the honorable senator's comments to the Minister for Primary Industry.

Proposed expenditure noted.

Proposed expenditure - Department of Primary Industry (Special Expenditure), £637,100- noted.

Department of the Interior.

Proposed expenditure, £11,108,000.

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