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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is the value of phosphate licks for sheep being investigated by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research?

2.   Did the Council authorize a statement made by the Secretary (Mr. G. Lightfoot) and reported in a recent issue of the Pastoral Review as follows : - " Large sums of money are spent annually in Australia on these licks. In order to carry out the proposed experiments, it will be necessary to have field stations in different parts of the Commonwealth. Probably about six will be required, two in New South Wales, and one each in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and probably Tasmania"?

3.   Is it the intention of the Council to exclude Western Australia from the proposed investigation ?

4.   If not, will one of the field stations to which reference is made be established in that State?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The right honorable the Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   Since the statement referred to in (2) was issued, the Council has been in touch with the Director of Agriculture of Western Australia, Mr. G. L. Sutton, and arrangements have been made for work to be carried out on phosphate licks at one of the experimental farms in Western Australia, probably at Avondale.

4.   See reply to (3).

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