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Wednesday, 2 June 1915

Mr TUDOR - The honorable member asked a question the other day in relation to this matter. We immediately communicated with the States of New South Wales and Queensland upon the subject to ascertain what period the contracts entered into with the Imperial Government for meat supplies had yet to run. The Victorian Government entered into no arrangement of this character. On Monday last I gave an interview to the press, in which 1 stated my intention of introducing a new procedure by havdng the date stamped upon every carcass of meat passed for export. Immediately after that interview I noticed that the exporting people came to an arrangement to place a certain amount upon the market here, and I notice also a statement that it is their intention to keep enough meat here to supply the people. I have a record, covering several months, of the amount of meat in cold storage for export, and I have also ascertained- the fact has been published - the amount of frozen meat put on the local market, and apparently sold as fresh meat. During the week ended 22nd May more mutton and lamb was placed on the market than could be consumed in the metropolitan area.


Mr TUDOR - I am not complaining.

Mr Fowler - It is good food.

Mr TUDOR - Yes, it is splendid food, and that which is passed for export is infinitely superior to some of the meat intended for local consumption.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - That is the custom all over the world.

Mr TUDOR - Yes, I have said so.

Mr Joseph Cook - Then, what is the point?

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