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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 ask the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization whether, in view of the great importance of the wool industry, as illustrated in our economy this year, special attention has been given to two particular troubles which have afflicted a large number of flocks, especially in the northern part of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The first is known as itch mite. It lives in the skin of the animal, making life a misery to it, and it destroys the wool. The other is foot rot. I ask the Minister whether the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has directed special attention to these two matters and whether consideration has been given to the transmittable and infectious nature of the troubles, which require special sterilization and disinfection of all vehicles that are regularly used for transporting animals from one part of a State to another and from one State to another. What information can the Minister give the House upon that subject?

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