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Thursday, 30 June 1949

Mr POLLARD (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) - A recommendation from the Joint Dairy Industry Advisory Committee has reached me. Action has been taken, and a message has been sent to the various State governments regarding the matter. The honorable member knows that, because of the defeat of the Government's referendum proposal on prices, the States now control prices.

Mr Anthony - The Commonwealth has control over subsidies.

Mr POLLARD - I am answering the question. The State prices commissioners will meet in Brisbane on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and the State Ministers in control of prices will meet on the following Friday. I take it that they will fully consider the recommendations of the committee, and that in due course an announcement will be made.

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