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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The protection of the public from infection from contaminated desiccated coco-nut or other materials is a State matter and the Commonwealth is in consultation with the States on it. Measures to prevent the spread of infection have to be taken by the States. As far as quarantine goes, there have been a few shipments in which salmonella bacteria have been detected in desiccated coco-nut. Representations have been made to the Government of Ceylon in this matter. I will obtain for the honorable gentleman details of arrangements which have been made. I think he will find that satisfactory and appropriate steps have been taken by both the Commonwealth quarantine authorities and the State governments concerned.

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