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Thursday, 25 October 1956


Mr LUCK (BRADDON, TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Primary Industry, who is acting for the Minister for External Affairs in his capacity as Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. I should like to explain that it has been estimated that approximately 250,000 sacks of potatoes were lost in Tasmania this season through the ravages of Irish blight. This loss could be considered a major factor in the subsequent high prices. Is the Minister aware of any research work undertaken by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in an effort to control Irish blight or to breed suitable varieties which will resist this serious virus disease?







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