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Tuesday, 15 March 1966

Mr BRIDGES-MAXWELL (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Is it a fact that the strain of virus causing the present outbreak of Newcastle disease in our poultry industry is one that has no effect on a bird's ability to grow or produce eggs? Is it a fact also that the only method of diagnosis is by a pathology test and that there are no visible symptoms? Is it further a fact that the disease has now been found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania, and that South Australia has not detected it yet? Finally, is it true that all the States except Victoria have lifted the embargo on poultry and poultry products being imported into their areas and that the Victorian Government has announced its intention to retain the embargo for 12 months?

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