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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - I direct attention to the item, "Animal health and nutrition, £7,500," and ask the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) if there is any chance that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will erect a laboratory in the cattle country in the northwest of Western Australia, similar to the laboratory near Townsville, Queensland. I had occasion to visit this laboratory last year, and was impressed with the extent, nature and value of the experiments that were being carried out in connexion with cattle diseases, notably red water, pegleg, and pleuro. In our valuable north-west cattle country there i3 grave danger from pleuro, hence the need for laboratory experiments. I have discussed this matter with Mr. M. P. Durack, who is convinced that a laboratory would render valuable service to the cattle men of Western Australia.

Senator Sir George Pearce - I suggest that the honorable senator should discuss this matter when the works Estimates are under consideration. This bill deals only with salaries for the staff.

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