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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ - There is no need to initiate an inquiry into this matter because it is well under control in Australia. I have seen the report referred to by the honorable member. It related to certain matters arising in the United Kingdom. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the Press report. We have in Australia a system whereby insecticides are registered by a sub-committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council which, as honorable members are aware, has been established by statute passed by this Parliament. No insecticide or pesticide is registered by Commonwealth or State Governments until approved by that sub-committee, which pays regard to the danger present from residues. I can give a definite assurance to the House that this situation is most carefully controlled in Australia. The problems that have been mentioned in the report referred to should not arise in this country.

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