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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr STOKES (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Health. I refer to the vast potential of our native flora, particularly in northern New South Wales and Queensland, in the production of a wide variety of valuable drugs and medicines, and to the present exploitation and large scale export of the products of this flora in the raw state. Will the Minister confer with his colleagues who are responsible for Customs and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to determine whether the original embargo on the export, which was lifted after 1945, should now be reimposed and whether refining of these drugs should be restricted to this country?

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