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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - I do not think I need to refer the question to the Minister for the Interior. I know exactly how he feels about this matter and I can reply for him. I know the honorable member will not be pleased when I tell him that skeleton weed has not been declared a noxious weed in the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Turnbull - Shame.

Mr ANTHONY - Weeds do not have the same significance all over Australia. It depends upon the degree of infestation and the interference caused to crops. I do know that in New South Wales, for example, skeleton weed is welcomed as a green summer feed, although I know that in the honorable member's electorate it is indeed a very noxious weed and does interfere with the crops. I am pleased to tell the honorable member that in the National Capital, Canberra, which we try to make a garden city, one of our objectives is to eradicate skeleton weed. We have carried out extensive work with weedicides and the honorable member might be very interested to know that some of the latest weedicides we have used have been very successful in controlling this weed. If he would like further information I shall certainly get it for him.

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