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Parliamentary Reporter

WELLINGTON, this day.

"There is abundant proof that the policy of the Government has prevented the primary producer from obtaining that measure of reward for his labour and his produce that the circumstances of the times entitle him to do," said Mr. G. H. Mackley (Nat., Masterton) in the House of Representatives last evening in the Address-in-Reply debate.

Although the Government said that production had increased, it was a serious fact that the volume of production had fallen, continued Mr. Mackley. The total butterfat production from 1934-35 to 1938-39 was 185,196 tons and from 1939-40 to 1943-44 it was 179,625 tons. That falling-off was quite contrary to the figures given by the Government. His figures were taken from the Year Book and the Abstract of Statistics for April of this year.

The Minister of Industries and Commerce, Mr. Sullivan, who followed Mr. Mackley, said that official figures showed that the average butterfat production in the five prewar years from the 1934-35 season was 189,000 tons and for the last five seasons it was 191,600 tons. Those figures showed that production had been higher under the Labour Government's rule. For the current season the estimated production was 193,000 tons. The average butterfat yield per cow for the five pre-war seasons was 2371b and for the last five seasons 2481b and in the current season the estimate was 2551b.

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UP OR DOWN?, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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UP OR DOWN? Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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