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Tuesday, 23 November 1965

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - A report has appeared that a Khapra beetle has been discovered on a ship in Darwin, and arrangements have been made for the particular specimen to be sent to Canberra for examination in our Standards Laboratory. This beetle is a very serious pest in stored grain. It originated in Asia and is now widespread in Africa and Europe. So far, we have been able to prevent any outbreak in Australia. We hope that the specimen mentioned is not a Khapra beetle, but, while the beetle is being examined, the cargo from this ship is being held in quarantine. If the specimen is identified as a Khapra beetle, steps will be taken to treat the cargo before it is released.

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