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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr GREGORY (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - In connexion with the rabbit menace in Western Australia, which is assuming very great proportions, I have received from the Roads Board a letter in which it is stated that the board is advised by two leading wholesale merchants, that they cannot supply its order for calcium cyanide, as the cost of importing it is too high. The other fumigant used - carbon bisulphide - costs 13s. 6d. a gallon, and phosphorous poison, which eighteen months ago cost 9d. per 2-lb. tin, now costs1s. 6d. As the Roads Board is insisting upon the work of poisoning being carried out, I wish to know whether the Minister for Trade and Customs will make special inquiry into the supply of these requirements, and ascertain whether something cannot be done by way of competition with a view to reducing their costs?

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