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Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Senator KENNELLY (VICTORIA) - In addressing my question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior I hope that he will pardon me for prefacing it. Two pleasure ferries were grounded by aquatic weed growth in Lake Burley Griffin yesterday. The control of this weed now exercised in Australia - it is only partially successful - is costing about $2m. Will the Minister request his colleague, the Minister for Primary Industry, to consider and decide on the following questions? Will he invite Dr Prowse, Professor of Fish Culture at Malacca, Malaysia, a recognised world authority on aquatic weed-eating fish, to visit Australia for the purpose of informing Australians in general, and officers of the fisheries section of the Department of Primary Industry and State Departments of Wildlife and Fisheries in particular, of the breeding and eating habits of aquatic weedeating fish commonly known as Chinese carp? Will he send one or two officers of the fishing section of his Department to meet Dr Prowse in order to obtain all available information on the habits, both breeding and eating, of Chinese carp? Will the Minister for Primary Industry as Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Council, a Commonwealth and States body, seek approval of that body for the importation of a small number of Chinese carp in order that their habits, both eating and breeding, can be tested under Australian conditions?

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