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Wednesday, 17 February 1932

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Health (Mr. Marr) make immediate inquiries regarding the matter just referred to, the spread southward of that terrible menace to the cattle industry known as the tick pest? Deaths have already occurred in my electorate from red water fever, and it is well known that cattle ticks spread this disease. If it gets into the valuable herds in the coastal districts of New South Wales untold damage will result. Will the Minister treat this matter as urgent, and make a statement regarding it?

Mr MARR - This is a matter of peculiar and particular interest to New South Wales. It is the duty of that State to safeguard the interests of its cattle growers, to provide for the dipping of cattle and the eradication of the tick. The Commonwealth has already done more than its share in providing funds to assist New South Wales. It has cost the Commonwealth to date £55,000 for this purpose, and it is now the duty of the New South Wales Government to take drastic action for the control and eradication of tick.

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