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Thursday, 8 August 1946

Mr MOUNTJOY (Swan) .- It was not my intention to speak on this clause because I thought the purposes to which the fund was to he devoted had been explained very lucidly by honorable members on this side of the chamber. T would have been prepared to leave the matter to the good sense of the primary producers, and the wool-growers in particular, but' for an urgent telegram which [ have just received from a grower whose property is situated in a very rich grazing area in which some of the best Western Australian wool is grown. The telegram reads -

Farmers here listen to Parliament on the wireless. We now know who tries to stop the bills going through. Stick to your guns re .seven million. Declare war on foxes, dingoes and blowflies. .... 1 am not clear whether, in mentioning foxes, dingoes and blowflies, the sender was referring to members of the Opposition or to the pests that cause so much havoc in grazing areas. However that may be, we all know that those pests constitute a real menace to the wool industry. I suggest that some portion of the-money available in the fund should be allocated to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and utilized for their eradication. Every year Australian wool-growers lose lambs and ewes worth millions of pounds through the depredations of foxes and dingoes alone. I commend the suggestion of this practical farmer to the consideration of the Government.

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