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Wednesday, 31 March 1965

Senator Sir WALTER COOPER - I ask the Minister-in-Charge of Commonwealth

Activities in Education and Research whether he has seen a report in the newspaper, "Muster", of 13th January 1955 that in the Tamworth pasture protection district the rabbit population is said to have reached its highest level since before the introduction of myxomatosis and that the secretary of the Tamworth Pastures Protection Board, Mr. J. M. Simpson, believes that myxomatosis is no longer an effective control measure against rabbits. Would the Minister indicate whether this opinion is held in other parts of Australia where the rabbit pest is experienced? Would he also inform the Senate of the results of further experiments by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation aimed at the extermination of these animals?

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