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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I did read reports of the comments made by a technical adviser to the New South Wales Egg Marketing Board. If the honorable member does not mind, I shall not comment upon those remarks, because it is always my aim to maintain the most friendly relations with the various State boards, just as I do with the various Commonwealth boards. Nonetheless, f should like to inform the honorable gentleman that, as long as two years ago, a survey of marketing prospects in England and Western Europe was made, and some doubts were then expressed as to whether that market would be able to take all the eggs produced in Australia. In other words, difficulties were forecast at that time. The comment of the representative of the New South Wales Egg Marketing Board that extra effort must be made if New South Wales eggs were to be sold, was to the point. The chairman of the Australian Egg Board, and other representatives of the egg industry, will be proceeding overseas shortly. We are hopeful that they will be able to look for fresh markets and make some contribution towards the solution of this very difficult problem.

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