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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator GUTHRIE (Victoria) .- I am pleased to notice that an increased vote is provided to enable the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to carry on its most important work. That body is to be commended for the high standard of its service to the community. I thank the scientists for the results they have already obtained in assisting the primary producers to combat animal and plant diseases and in encouraging the improvement of pastures. The Wool Board has been appointed, I am pleased to know, as the result of the woolgrowers imposing a levy upon themselves which will bring in about £70,000 a year. Of this amount the board intends to allocate a substantial proportion to scientific research. I hope that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will not be handicapped in its work in the future, as it has been in the past, by a shortage of funds. In my opinion the scientists are not adequately remunerated. Those who are keenly devoted to scientific research in the interests of the nation should be well paid for their services. They have already done much to increase the productivity of the soil by experiments in regard to wheat culture and the application of superphosphate to pastures. I regret that tie Government has not pro-

Tided even greater encouragement than has been given in the past to the extensive use of superphosphate on land other than wheat areas, because the application »f fertilizers to pasture land has been of tremendous advantage in all branches of primary production in Australia. I regret that the fertilizer bounty was reduced from 15s. to 10s. a ton. Owing to the great benefit of the application of superphosphate to pastures, the bounty should be as large as possible.

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