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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - Penicillin is not being manufactured in the Commonwealth except in the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. I have not seen the figures recently, but there is no serious shortage of penicillin in Australia, although every one would be happier if supplies were larger. Progress in the manufacture of penicillin in Australia has been very gratifying. I cannot answer the honorable gentleman's question in regard to a duty. I doubt whether a duty has been imposed, but, in order to make certain on the point, I shall consult the Minister for Health. -

Mr FRANCIS - The Minister has missed one point. Why is British penicillin selling at. almost one-third of the price of the local product ?

Mr HOLLOWAY - If that were the case, it would be a serious anomaly. I do not think it is so; but I shall consult the Minister for Health on that point also.

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