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(Statement by the Minister for Primary Industry; Mr. C.F. Adermann)

Chief Veterinary Officer Retires

"Mr. Howard Tinney, who has been Chief Veterinary

Officer of the Department of Primary Industry for the last eight

years, ceased duty with the Department on November 27· He w i l l -

.retire from the Commonwealth Public Service on December 29, on the

eve of his 65th birthday, after a distinguished career of 40 years.

" "Two years before joining the Commonwealth Service in

1924, Mr. Tinney graduated in Veterinary Science at the Melbourne

University. His first experience in the Commonwealth Meat

Inspection Branch was in Queensland and Victoria·.

"Mr. Tinney was the Australian Veterinary Officer at

the High Commissioner's Office in London from 1936 to 1943·

During the most critical of the war years he had an important

part in the arrangements between the United Kingdom and the ,

Australian Governments for the bulk purchase of Australian meat.

"While in London he acted as Australian representative"

on League of Nations Committees concerned with veterinary controls

over international traffic in meat and meat products.

"For the last 20 years Mr. Tinney has been closely

identified with the control and development of the export meat

inspection services in Australia. These are an essential feature

of the Australian export trade in meat which, in the last

financial year, was valued at £122 million and now follows wool

and wheat as the third most important source of export income.

"The meat inspection services not only supervise the

quality of the meat exported but also the conditions under which

it is prepared for export. As Chief Veterinary Officer, therefore,

Mr. Tinney has been responsible for the carrying out of measures

to ensure the continued acceptance of Australian meat by the

health and veterinary authorities in the principal Australian

markets abroad.

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"Mr. T i n n e y 1s w ork involved h i m in a number of visits

overseas for discussions with foreign and British Commonwealth

officials. His period as Chief Veterinary Officer has been

marked by very significant changes in approach to the public

health and quarantine aspects of meat inspection and abattoir

control which are reflected in the major developments that have

taken place in the Australian meat industry in the last few years

"Mr. Tinney has carried great responsibilities and

he has discharged them with distinction. This is recognised by

the Commonwealth Government and I feel that I can also speak for

all sections of the Australian meat industry when I pay tribute

to him as an eminent veterinarian and a dedicated public servant.

"Mr. Tinney's heavy departmental duties have not

prevented him from maintaining a close contact with his

professional colleagues in other fields. He has been President

of the Queensland Veterinary Association, President of the

Victorian Division of the Australian Veterinary Association and

President of the Australian Veterinary Association.

"Mr. Tinney has been succeeded as Chief Veterinary

Officer by Mr. L. N. Thornton who, for the last five years, has

been his deputy. Mr. Thornton is now stationed in Melbourne."


December 10