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Thursday, 11 September 1958
Page: 1119

Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I cannot look more than 50 years into the future and think of what will happen to a then incoming Labour government. I also think that the dairy farmers, as a result of their experiences in 1949, are well aware that if they ever have to rely upon another Labour government their future will be a pretty difficult one and the dairying industry will face destruction. The honorable member for East Sydney, who is seeking to interrupt, can never take a sensible answer to a provocative question, but if he will listen he will get one. I am sure it is recognized by all the leaders of the dairying industry that this Government has lived up to the last comma of its promises made to the industry under the dairying industry stabilization scheme. This year, the Government has provided, as it did in the last two years, a subsidy of £13,500,000, and it is constantly watching the dairying industry to see how it can help upon a practical level. My colleagues on this side of the House have recently discussed the problems of the dairying industry with its leaders. I think it was one of the best and most enlightened discussions that have taken place on this difficult problem. I am hopeful that the whole of the problems of the dairying industry will be discussed by the Australian

Agricultural Council, because they are not problems that can be solved by this Government alone.

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