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Thursday, 11 September 1958
Page: 1124

Mr JEFF BATE (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Primary Industry this question: Is the Minister aware that the consumption of margarine in Australia was greatly increased by the actions of Labour governments in New South Wales and Queensland three or four years ago, and that the expression of Labour policy to which those actions gave effect has jeopardized the well-being of large and important communities in Australia and, in the end, could lower the purchasing power of everybody in the country? Has the Minister seen the unscrupulous and false advertisements used by margarine manufacturers in an endeavour to persuade the people that margarine products are as good as the great natural dairy foods? Has the intrusion of margarine in the market, combined with the fall of world prices, made it difficult for the dairying industry to maintain the prosperity that it has known over the last seven years? Can the Minister assure the House that there will be an early meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council, and that this matter will appear first on the agenda?

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