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Friday, 11 June 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Home and Territories) . - Senator Lynch asked that the council of this institute should direct its attention to the problems of rural life. I indicated, at the outset, some subjects that it proposed to consider, among them being animal and plant pests and diseases, cold storage, and fuel and forest products problems. These subjects are all inti mately associated with rural life. I suggest to Senator Findley that Senator Kingsmill's advocacy of an investigation into the fishing industry is in no way opposed to the consideration of other problems, since the officers engaged in that inquiry would be entirely different from those investigating, for in-, stance, plant diseases. Whilst fish is an important staple food in many other countries, it is a luxury in Australia, and there is, therefore, need to inquire into the matter. Senator Kingsmill desired to know the relationship between this institute and forestry. The institute will have charge of the research side of forestry. On the recommendation of Mr. LanePoole, the Government's adviser on forestry, we have commenced a school of forestry, which draws students from the various States, but this will not be under the direction of the institute. Forestry research will be one of the functions of the institute.

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