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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Recently the Prime Minister has been asked several questions about the eradication of tick. Only this afternoon the honorable gentleman stated that the subject was still receiving consideration. 1 point out that several weeks have elapsed since attention was first directed to the serious position which has arisen through the spread of tick beyond the quarantine area of New South Wales. The welfare of the cattle industry, not only in New South Wales, but in the dairying districts of Victoria and South Australia, is being menaced, and it is high time that the Government decided to do something to meet the situation. We arc facing a national peril which demands prompt, action in the interests of the dairying interests of Australia. If the tick menace spreads, as it undoubtedly will unless steps arc taken to prevent it, the dairying industry, which is one of the biggest of our exporting industries, and provides employment for a greater number of people than any other industry in Australia, will receive an enormous setback. If the mortality is no greater than 80 per cent., we shall be extremely lucky.

I intend to "put a sting" into the Government in regard to another matter which has been ventilated to-night. If it proposes to devote to the tobacco problem the same consideration that apparently it has given to the tick menace, I am afraid that, as I have suspected since the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Gullett) said early this afternoon that the Government's mind was made up, the debate to-day has been absolutely futile. 1 sincerely hope that consideration of the tick menace will not be shelved indefinitely.

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