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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - Has the Minister for

Commerce and Agriculture any information with respect to the details of the new contract for the purchase of butter which Great Britain has made with Denmark? Australian butter is at present being sold to Great Britain at 184s.81/4d. per owt., under a contract made two years ago. The previous price was 137s. 21/4d. per cwt., under contracts made by the Menzies Government in 1940 and 1941. Will the Minister take every step to ensure that the new contract for the sale of Australian butter to Great Britain, for which negotiations are now proceeding, will fix a price 'that will be fair to both the British consumer and the Australian dairy-farmer, and that there will not be a reversion to the disastrously unpayable price at which the Menzies Government sold Australian butter overseas?

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