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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - There has been no recent approval for additional capital expenditure by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Commission. In fact, the Commission normally submits its estimates early in each calendar year - usually about February or March - and approval for expenditure during the previous financial year was given at the normal time and will again be considered early next year. At the same time, there is a continuing programme of modernisation and consolidation so far as buildings are concerned. There has also been some minor expansion of facilities over recent years.

The Commission has a dual role. It both manufactures and carries out research. The Government has a very strict and limited policy with relation to the types of products that can be manufactured. The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Commission holds only about 2 per cent, of the commercial market and I can give the honorable member an assurance that the proportion of the expanding commercial market will be held at approximately that level in the future.

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