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Thursday, 18 September 1958

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   What has been the highest consumption of (a) butter and (b) margarine per head of population recorded in this country, and what is the present consumption?

2.   What was the (a) rate of Commonwealth basic wage and (b) price of each of these commodities at the same time?

Mr McMahon - The following are the answers to the honorable member's questions: - 1. (a) 33.9 lb. in 1937-38 (excluding the war period 1939-46). 27.6 lb. in 1957-58 (preliminary estimate).' (b) 8.4 lb. (3.6 lb. table margarine and 4.8 lb. other margarine) in 1957-58. Figures prior to 1946-47 are not available. 2. (a) The federal basic wage (weighted average six capital cities) payable to an adult male in the periods mentioned was -


(b)   The weighted average retail prices per lb. in the six capital cities were -


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