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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Can the

Minister for Health give the House any information concerning the alleged outbreak of blue tongue disease in Queensland? How was this alleged outbreak discovered? How was the illegal importation of semen from British Columbia made known to the authorities? What compensation is paid for slaughtered cattle? Will compensation be paid to the person who imported the semen? What is the penalty for importing semen of this kind? How long after the introduction of the semen was the importation made known to the authorities? Is it correct that blue tongue disease would be more disastrous in Australia than in any other country because of our high sheep population? Is it correct that a severe outbreak of blue tongue could destroy 40 per cent, or 50 per cent, of our sheep population?

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