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Thursday, 4 May 1961

Mr HASLUCK - The movement of cattle along the stock routes of the Northern Territory has commenced. The information available to me is that the number of cattle available for movement during this season will be about normal. So far as movement into Queensland is concerned I should think that the only limiting factor would be the conditions in Queensland itself. As the honorable member knows, some of the stock which move out of the Northern Territory into Queensland do not go immediately to meat works but are transferred to other properties in Queensland. Having regard to the poor season in parts of western Queensland it may be that not so many cattle will move on to Queensland holdings as normally, but that will be the only limiting factor. The use of road transport for cattle, has shown a steady increase over recent years in the Territory. I should imagine that that trend would continue. Of course, the biggest increase in the use of road transport has been in the centre in the delivery of cattle to the railhead at Alice Springs, for eventual transport to the Adelaide market or to southern farms. There has been some increase of the use of road transport in the more northerly part of the Territory, and I expect that that also will continue. I know of one proposal for the use, in the current season, of road transport for the transfer of weaners from the Territory into Queensland, that being, I believe, a new departure.

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