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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - As the honorable gentleman will know, there are already several very important research stations established by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization directly concerned with the cattle industry in Queensland. There are such institutions as the Cunningham Laboratory in Brisbane, which deals with what I might call the environmental side of the problem, that is, the question of pastures. There is also the National Cattle Breeding Station at Rockhampton where experiments are in progress in developing the best type of cattle to be used in tropical Australia. It is proposed that the next step will be the establishment of a further station at Townsville, and in fact preliminary steps have already been taken and plans laid for the development of this station. The exact time by which it will be possible to proceed with setting it up will depend upon questions such as the availability of finance and the requisite staff, but the preliminary steps have been taken and this will be the next stage in the development of a very intensive programme of research which will be of great benefit to cattle breeding in Australia.

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