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Thursday, 21 August 1969

Senator SCOTT - I remember the honourable senator asking a question late in the sessional period last year in relation to the Department using dogs with a very keen sense of smell to locate marihuana. In April of this year I wrote to the honourable senator advising him that the Department had decided to endeavour to have dogs trained so that at least two dogs would be available to perform this work. I now advise- the honourable senator that the Department gave permission for a trainer to train several dogs for this purpose. Of the several dogs trained only one was found to be satisfactory, that one having a keen sense of smell.

Senator Prowse - Is he a drug addict too?

Senator SCOTT - That dog is expected to be operational by about the end of October this year.

The answer to Senator Prowse's interjection is that the trainer of the dogs does not use drugs or endeavour to get the dogs to become drug addicts in order to do the work for which they are trained.

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