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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator E B JOHNSTON - I have no desire to shirk my duty. A better knowledge and decision could be obtained by referring this subject to that committee. The Government would do wisely to refer all controversial matters of this kind to such a body embracing all parties. As it is, I must determine this issue on the evidence available to me. I knew Dr. Dale years ago. I am well aware of his reputation and his scientific ability. Consequently, I shall be guided in this instance by his report. If I needed any additional justification for opposing this motion, it was provided by Senator Spicer, who said that the ban on Werribee beef was not justified on public health grounds. The honorable senator also observed that, if he were a member of the Victorian Parliament, he would oppose the ban. For the reasons I have given, I shall vote against this motion.

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