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Thursday, 14 May 1936


Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- From the viewpoint of pastoralists and farmers, this is a most important matter. Pastoralists to-day are required to be scientists as well as raisers of sheep, and this particular substance enters very largely into the preservation of the health of the sheep. The reduction of the output of carbon tetrachloride in Australia can easily be accounted for. Those who are closely associated with the sheep industry are aware that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has recommended the use of bluestone nicotine sulphate instead of carbon tetrachloride for the treatment of sheep, and hundreds of farmers to-day are acting upon that advice. Bluestone nicotine sulphate is less expensive than carbon tetrachloride. The latter is invaluable for the treatment of the various diseases in sheep, as was explained by Senator Leckie. A year ago, when I visited one big pastoralist in New South Wales, I was surprised to learn that he drenched his sheep eight times a year with tetrachloride ; but he was about to accept the advice of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to use bluestone nicotine sulphate, which, while cheap, is also highly effective. If the duty were raised, thus increasing the price, I am quite sure that the use of it would greatly diminish.

Item agreed to.

Item 279 (Citric acid, tartaric acid, &c).







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