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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (1:21 AM) . - Some days ago I referred to the Commonwealth subsidy to the State Governments for preventing the spread of the tick pest. This is a matter of vital concern to everybody, because if the cattle herds are destroyed by this pest the meat and milk supplies of every city in Australia will be jeopardized. If the Commonwealth Government recognizes its responsibility to protect the credit of the whole of the Australian people against default by one State, I hope that it will appreciate also its obligation to ensure that the tick pest shall not spread throughout Australia.

Mr Gander - The right honorable member is looking after the Cowper electorate.

Dr EARLE PAGE - I am looking after the interests of all Australia, The tick pest has reached northern New South Wales, and preventive measures are of the greatest importance to the south coast, from which Sydney receives the bulk of its milk supply. If the tick reaches the south coast there will be no milk for the starving children for whom members of the New South Wales Labour party profess so much sympathy. When rinderpest entered Western Australia the Commonwealth Government went generously to the assistance of the State government. It has a similar responsibility in regard to the tick menace.

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