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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator FITZGERALD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation inform me what action he has taken or intends to take regarding the requests made to him by citrus growers at Griffith, New South Wales, who are greatly concerned about the future of citrus research undertaken by the Organisation, following reports from Canberra of inadequate financial provision for that body? If the reports are correct retrenchments in many spheres, including that of citrus and other crop research, will result. In view of the great services rendered to the whole of Australia by the C.S.I.R.O. researches in this area, can the Minister assure the citrus growers of Griffith that adequate finance will be made available and that no retrenchments will take place in the establishment there?

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