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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr IAN ALLAN (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for Health a question. The Minister will recall that yesterday he was asked questions by the honorable members for Mackellar and Corangamite on the subject of quarantine, especially as it affects the illegal importation of animal products which, if they are disease carrying, could have disastrous consequences for the Australian pastoral industry. The Minister gave illuminating answers to those two questions. I now ask: In view of the number of rumours that are circulating widely in the country that large quantities of agricultural seeds, which could also carry viruses that would have disastrous consequences for Australian primary industry, are being illegally introduced into this country, will the Minister take action to ensure that the maximum penalty for this offence is substantially increased?

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