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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Mr TUDOR (YARRA, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The honorable member informed me this morning that he desired further information, and I have been supplied with the following details regarding the beef, mutton, and lamb in store in the various States. It is as follows: -


I understand that the bulk of this meat is the property of the. Imperial Government, which arranged with the States for them to purchase and ship a certain quantity. I have been informed by Mr. Angliss that, so far as Victoria is concerned, the con tract terminates at the end of this month. If this Government prohibited the export of meat, it could not compel the owners to place 1 lb. of meat on the market here. The owners would still be able to keep as much as they liked in the cool chamber. We have no power to compel them to put meat into consumption.

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