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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator GRANT (Tasmania) . - Provision of £15,000 has been made this year for research into the apple and pear industry. I am sure we all welcome that, but I should like to know what is the intention of the Government with regard to the expenditure of this money. Tasmanian orchardists, during the last year or two, have suffered extreme hardships, and any research undertaken by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research into the ravages of insect or other pests or diseases would be very helpful to the growers throughout Australia. The amount provided, however, seems rather large for that purpose, and, apparently it will, in addition, permit the council to undertake a considerable amount of research and investigation. I hope that the results will be satisfactory, and that the growers will receive corresponding benefits; otherwise, it would be better to provide the money directly for the relief of growers who have experienced such a disastrous season.

Senator SirGEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [8.42]. - This special grant is made available to enable research work to be carried out on certain problems for two years by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and the State Departments of Agriculture. It also provides a means for the State departments to do urgent demonstration work over a period of one year. In consultation with the States a programme of work was drawn up and has been commenced. The administration of the full grant is in the hands of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

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