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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The question which I address to the Minister for Health is related to the same subject as that raised by the honorable member for Wannon. Would it not be desirable, without any breach of the very necessary quarantine regulations, to have some positive system of encouraging the importation into Australia of new strains of both plants and animals? Would it not be possible to use some small island as a staging point in a system such as this? Since this is a matter which affects very greatly the prosperity and development of the Australian rural economy, will the Minister consider the appointment of a select committee to inquire into the whole question of quarantine both to increase its effectiveness and to provide positive measures to ensure that desirable strains of both plants and animals will be introduced as freely as possible into Australia, consonant with quarantine safety?

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