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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1575

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Animal Production Committee of the Standing Committee on Agriculture appointed an expert panel to investigate what exotic breeds of sheep and goats should be of value to Australia.

(2)   Is a similar study being made of certain tropical and non-tropical breeds of cattle that would be of value to Australia and which are not at present in Australia.

(3)   If certain exotic breeds of sheep, goats and cattle are considered to be of value to Australia, will a maximum security quarantine station be required to permit their entry.

(4)   Is a study being made of the desirability and feasibility of a maximum security quarantine station and diagnostic laboratory for Australia.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Not at this point of time, the matter ls under consideration by the Animal Production Committee.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   Yes.

Crown-of -thorns Starfish (Question No. 5129)

Mr Cross asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   What amounts have been allocated to (a) persons and (b) institutions from the $90,000 allocated by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments for research into the Crownofthorns Starfish and associated matters.

(2)   For what specific research projects were these grants approved.

(3)   On what date was each grant approved.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Applications for research grants have been called and the applications received were considered by the Committee set up for this purpose The Committee's recommendations are currently receiving consideration by both Governments and a joint announcement will be made when decisions have been reached.

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