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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
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(Question No. 486)

Senator Missen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) How many medical and non-medical experiments using animals have been undertaken by the Department of Health or its agencies during the last 10 years.

(2) What species of animals were used in the experiments.

(3) For what purposes were the experiments undertaken.

Senator Grimes —The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Some laboratories operating as agencies within my Department have conducted or are conducting experiments involving animals. However, the information sought by the honourable senator regarding the number of experiments conducted over the past 10 years, is unavailable in most instances. Set out below is the available information:


Number of experiments

over 10 years



National Biological Standards Laboratory (NBSL)

1,837 (possibly medical) 11,743 non-medical

Mice, guinea-pigs, rabbits, chickens, sheep, cats

Checking standards and testing therapeutic goods.

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Not available (14 currently approved by University of Sydney Animal Ethics Committee)

Rabbits, guinea-pigs, mice, rats

Preparation of substances used for diagnostic tests and research on topics of public health and tropical medicine.