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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr JOHNSON - When replying to ;i question asked by the honorable member for Wakefield last week, I undertook 10 secure additional information. I find now that on the 29th May, I authorized expenditure of £4,000 for the purpose of constructing a cattle dip near Alice Springs. Following this authorization, a site was selected at the 16-Mile bore OUt.side Alice Springs, and an instruction was given. that work was to proceed immediately. After the recently-appointed Administrator, Mr. Driver, had made an inspection, a report was received that this site could not comply with, the South Australian restriction which provides that cattle must be trucked 24 hours after dipping. Therefore a site closer to the r trucking yards would be necessary. Mr. Driver reported also that a South Australian stock inspector, who had been in Alice Springs for the last two months, had informed him that he had not seen any ticks on any of the cattle, or on any of the hides of slaughtered cattle. Mr". Driver proposes' t<5 confer with the South- Australian authorities, Commonwealth Veterinary Officers and the Administration at Alice Springs in air endeavour to ascertain the facts. From the information available, it does appear that the South Australian- Government's restriction requires a further investigation, and Mr. Driver's action" iri this respect seems the practical approach.

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