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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1705


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

What consideration has the Agricultural Council given to aspects of environmental pollution.


Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Agricultural Council has considered in detail important aspects of environmental pollution which have agricultural implications such as pesticides, salinity, soil erosion and soil deterioration and the disposal of ships garbage for many years.

Fisheries Research (Question No. 4114)


Mr Barnard asked the Minister for

Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   How many Department of Primary Industry scientists engaged in fisheries research are based in each State.

(2)   What sum has been spent by the Commonwealth on fisheries research in each State for each of the last three years.


Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   None.

(2)   Payments from trust funds administered by my Department for fisheries research are as follows:

 

For the information of the honourable member 1 have approved so far this financial year the following grants:

 

Official Cars (Question No. 4169)


Mr Hamer asked the Minister for Foreign

Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What were the makes and countries of origin of the official cars supplied for the use of Australian Ambassadors and Heads of Missions overseas as at 30th June 1971.

(2)   How many of these cars were supplied during the year ended 30th June 1971, and of these how many were of distinctly Australian manufacture.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am informed that the following cars were in use by Heads of Mission (Ambassadors or High Commissioners) at overseas posts, as at 30th June 1971:

 

(2)   Sixteen of the fifty-one cars listed above were purchased during the financial year ended 30th June 1971. Of these, only one, a Ford Galaxie, was purchased in Australia. (3 The foregoing should not be thought to indicate that Australian vehicles are not purchased where possible. As at 30th June 1971 the Department of Foreign Affairs operated a total of 344 motor vehicles at Australian diplomatic and consular missions overseas. Of this number, 128 were of Australian manufacture, comprising principally cars which are used as part of mission transport pools.







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