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Wednesday, 9 March 1966


Mr MACKINNON (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Health. I refer to an article that appears in a leading Sydney journal of today's date and in which it is stated -

Blue tongue disease was reported to have been found on a Queensland cattle property.

In view of the serious implication of this suggestion for Australia's sheep population, is the Minister in a position to inform the House of the substance of the matter and confirm what I believe to be the truth, that is, that at no time was there an outbreak of blue tongue disease and that action taken by the veterinary authorities was purely precautionary?







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