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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - In division 109 the sum of £9,000 is set down for the Australian Dairy Council. I understand that a bill will shortly come before us under which the Australian Dairy Council will cease to exist. That body has about £16,000 to its credit, the result of a levy of id. a case, or1s. 8d. a ton, on all butter exported from Australia, and is concerned as to the disposal of that money.

Senator Gibson - A recent bill puts it into consolidated revenue.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I cannot see the necessity for allocating £9,000 to the Australian Dairy Council which already has money to its credit. Should the council cease to exist will the money go to the Dairy Export Control Board which has no use for it since it already derives a revenue of £35,000 a year from levies? It is entitled to collect, one-eighth of a penny on every lb. of butter exported, and one-sixteenth of a penny on every lb. of cheese exported;, but instead of using its power to the full extent it has collected only about onethirteenth of a penny on each lb. of butter and one-sixteenth of a penny on each lb. of cheese exported. Had it exercised its powers to the full, it would have received about £100,000 a year. I should like to know what will happen to the £9,000 if the Australian Dairy Council goes out of existence.

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