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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
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Mr King asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   When did the national brucellosis and tuberculosis campaign commence.

(2)   What sum has been spent on the campaign by the Commonwealth in each State in each year.

(3)   What sum in the form of compensation, has been paid out to each State in each year.

(4)   What sum has each State contributed in each year.

Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Since 1 January 1970, the Australian Government and the States have been jointly financing a nation-wide campaign for the eradication of brucellosis and tuberculosis from Australian cattle herds.

(2)   and (4) The following table shows the expenditure by the States and Australian Government for the period 1 January 1970 to 30 June 1972.



The Australian Government also bears all the costs of the campaign in the Northern Territory.

(3)   None. However, the Australian Government recently approved the provision in 1973-74 of $1,051,000 to the mainland States and the Northern

Territory to compensate owners for stock condemned as tuberculosis reactors. The funds being made available to the mainland States are subject to those States matching at least half the Federal contribution from their own resources or from their existing compensation funds.

In respect of the Northern Territory, the Government will contribute the full amount of the compensation paid.

The allocation of the compensation funds for 1973-74 is as follows:

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