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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr WHEELER (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - By way of preface to a question which I address to the Minister for Health, I wish to say that I am grateful to the House for its tolerance in permitting me to speak at 2 o'clock this morning on the subject of an outbreak of suspected swine fever in New South Wales. As it is generally conceded that one of the avenues through which this disease may be brought into Australia is infected meats, will the Minister for Health consider, as an urgent matter, recommending that a ban be placed on further imports of canned meats, including ham and chicken, to Australia? In considering this matter, will the Minister bear in mind that, according to the latest findings in Britain, 70 per cent. of the primary outbreak of the dreaded animal foot and mouth disease in that country has been traced to swill containing infected meats?

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