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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 281


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(5.14) -I move:

That the Senate take note of the paper.

This is the fifteenth time since 1969 that the Poultry Research Advisory Committee has reported. It has spent something over $3.5m in that period on research in its industry. Indeed, in the 1983-84 period just concluded it was to spend-one would assume that it has spent it-$400,000 on no fewer than 36 different projects. The diversity of the area of its research is of very real significance. In the areas of environmental influences, in egg quality, genetics , farm management, marketing aspects, and across the whole range of the industry , its research is concentrated and of very great significance.

There is the comment, of course, which is not an unusual one, that there is a widening gap between the funds that are available for research and the amount of research that is sought to be done. I suppose that that leads the Committee into a somewhat difficult decision whereby it may well have to concentrate on only those areas which it sees as of immediate concern in future years.

I had an opportunity just recently to observe the intensive poultry industry, and I must say that evidence of research there in both feeding and watering of the animals, with reference to the space required, the quality of eggs and certainly the mechanisation of the checking and grading of the product is quite remarkable. That itself is further evidence of the value of research in this industry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.