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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr SINCLAIR -It is unfortunate that the honourable gentleman does not realise what is happening in a lot of the country areas in Australia. This is so true of the Labor Party. No people in this country have been more disastrously affected than those who have been affected by seasons and by plagues, such as the locust plague to which this question relates, and who have suffered because of the traumas of the economic policies that were pursued by the Government of which the honourable member for Shortland was a member. The people in the Riverina, northern Victoria and southern New South Wales are concerned to try to ensure that in spite of those economic difficulties and in spite of the problems of poor markets and the seasonal conditions which they have endured this year, there should be a maximum possible effort by all involved. The Australian Plague Locust Commission is doing its utmost to ensure that there is an adequate eradication program. At the moment it is experiencing some difficulties in recruiting staff. I would hope that as a result of its efforts there can be at least some containment of the extent of the plague to which the honourable gentleman referred. The Commonwealth certainly is prepared to co-operate to the maximum with the States in eliminating the plague. Also, it will co-operate with the local authorities.

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