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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I understand the honorable gentleman's vested interest in misery, but let me tell him that his question is couched in greatly exaggerated terms. It is true that, owing to the large stocks of penicillin and insulin which are held, the production of those items will be greatly diminished at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. It is quite untrue that there is any intention to sell the laboratories, as was made perfectly plain by the Government earlier this year. Sir, these are the normal trading activities of any business. Once you have a surplus of any product it is useless to increase that surplus. I answered a question in this House the other day in which I indicated that the laboratories were exploring methods of producing other penicillins. The activities of the laboratories will be carried on, but they will be carried on on a sensible basis.

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