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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr PATERSON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - I have received from the secretary of the Victorian Co operative Butter and Cheese Factories Association the following telegram: -

Butter and cheese manufacturers of Victoria greatly distressed over recent call-up. Staffs already depleted by men joined fighting services and others in camps, production at its peak. Essential that even uncertificated men be retained for impossible replacement. Three weeks ago I submitted to D. Cameron chairman New Priorities Board proposal that employees only be called up during low production period. His board sympathetic and has been negotiating with Defence Department. Cameron's board inundated with complaints from manufacturers. Situation so serious would be grateful you request Prime Minister to immediately release those recently called up, relying on the fact that manufacturers keenly desirous of subscribing to national requirements and willingly will suffer lessened inconvenience slack production period - -Lowsby

Will the Prime Minister give immediate consideration to this problem in view of the fact that the dairying industry is at the peak of its production?

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