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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2061

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) I ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. It follows questions asked by Senator Laucke and Senator Georges. Is it a fact that for many years both State and Federal primary industry departments have been actively engaged in a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis in cattle? Is it a fact that good progress is being made in this campaign which must, of necessity, take a long time? Is it a fact that a substantial part of the cost of the campaign comes from the cattle industry research fund which is contributed to by the industry itself?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The combined Commonwealth-State campaign was commenced in 1970. As 1 said to Senator Georges a while ago, the Commonwealth assistance is aimed at accelerating the campaign. The nnancial assistance is on a dollar for dollar basis in the mainland States. I understand that Tasmania has practically reached the state of elimination of tuberculosis. For the past 2 years the Commonwealth's contribution to the States has been about $2.4m. From reports that I have received through the Minister for Primary Industry, I understand that the campaign is progressing satisfactorily in each State.

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