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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 779

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Is it a fact that the Department of Primary Industry is giving encouragement to a scheme to manufacture a blend of butter-oil and a vegetable oil? Is this encouragement being given in spite of the fact that such manufacture is against State law, that the vegetable oil is totally imported and that the greatest harm can be expected to be done to the Australian dairy industry? Will the Minister consider making an urgent and comprehensive statement to the Senate regarding the facts of this matter?

Senator COTTON - I know that the honourable senator's interest in the matter of vegetable oil and butter has been consistent. He has pursued inquiries and his activity in this regard has been indefatigable. I understand the matter to which he refers and the implications involved in it. I do not know of any manufacturing process which is being investigated or which is contemplated or even being underwritten, but I shall certainly find out for the honourable senator. 1 shall put to the responsible Minister the consequences of what the honourable senator has suggested and obtain an answer for him.

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