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Thursday, 30 August 1928

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I desire to point out to the Minister for Health that the potato industry of Australia is in a perilous position. Some of our richest land is devoted to the growing of potatoes, and large numbers of Australian families are engaged in the industry. This year the result of their labour will be practically nil, because prices are such that the crop is barely worth digging. I should like the Minister to make an authoritative statement regarding the modern fetish, which appears to have the support of certain members of the medical profession, that potatoes should be restricted in the dietary of Australians. As healthy and virile races have existed practically on potatoes as their main staple, this vegetable must be recognized as a wholesome item of food. As the fruit industry has derived considerable benefit from the adoption of the slogan " Eat more fruit," I urge the Minister to support a campaign to encourage the eating of more potatoes.

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