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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr THOMPSON - Is the Minister for Health aware that the rumour is current in northern New South Wales that cattle tick are being deliberately carried from the far northern area to the southern area of that State by persons who are interested in retaining lucrative official positions for themselves? Will the Minister have these rumours looked into by the Commonwealth Investigation Branch of the Attorney-General's Department ?

Mr MARR - The rumour was brought under my notice some time ago in Sydney, but I am loth to attach importance to it. The tick problem is being investigated by a commission consisting of Commonwealth and State representatives, and I have sufficient confidence in the members of that body to believe that they would not be a party to the deliberate spread of the pest in the manner indicated.

Mr Watkins - The Minister should ask the people concerned, and see whether the rumours are not well founded.

Mr MARR - If the honorable member brings particular cases under my notice, drastic action will be taken. The commission is applying its best efforts to the eradication of the pest.

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