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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for Primary Industry been directed to a proposal to establish a faculty of rural science at the University of New England? Is he aware that that university is situated in an area which has, perhaps, the greatest variety of primary industries in Australia, ranging from wheat in the south, to sugar cane in the north, and English fruits on the tablelands, in addition to sheep and cattle? In view of the importance of the step which has been taken by the university, assisted by private benefactions, towards the establishment of such a faculty, can the Minister inform the House whether there are residual funds, from primary production pools or from other sources, which might be used to assist the university in its efforts to advance research and teaching in respect of the rural industries?

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