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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr CLEAVER (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Primary Industry, to whom a number of questions about surplus eggs have been addressed recently, relates more to the eggs which will not be produced in Western Australia unless the birds receive the correct food. Is the Minister aware of the shortage of meat meal in Western Australia and the plight of the poultry-growers, who have been reduced to a ration of 141 per cent.? Can he inform me why, on the recommendation of the State Department of Agriculture, approval for the export of 700 tons of spray-dried whale solubles was granted in July last, particularly as no supplies whatever are available to the industry in Western Australia to-day? Will he endeavour to protect the industry by providing for adequate export control and also the urgent supply of meat meal to meet the local demand?

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