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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to direct a question to the Minister for Primary Industry. Is the Department of Primary Industry making any survey of the general extension of drought conditions throughout Australia, which now approach serious proportions in many areas, with a view to the department and the respective State agriculture departments adopting a co-ordinated scheme to render the maximum possible assistance through the State departments in the travelling of stock to agistment areas where feed is available? Is the Commonwealth considering assisting the State governments to meet the cost involved, in order to avoid, or reduce to the minimum, losses of stock from drought, instead of leaving all the responsibility to the States?

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