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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 222

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior been drawn to the success achieved by the proprietor of the Canberra abattoir in re-establishing the abattoir to a high standard, notwithstanding the successful attempts by the Government to allow the abattoir to deteriorate to such a state that the highest medical authority in the Australian Capital Territory condemned the hygiene standards at the abattoir as being nil? In view of the success achieved in re-establishing the abattoir to its present satisfactory standard, does the Government now express regret to the Senate because of its failure to appoint Government representatives to the select committe appointed by the Senate to examine all aspects associated with the attempt to close the Canberra abattoir which, if effected, would have been to the detriment of the community in the Australian Capital Territory?

Senator COTTON - The honourable senator has asked me, as the representative in this chamber of the Minister for the Interior, whether my attention has been drawn to the facts of life of the Canberra abattoir. It had not been, but the honourable senator has now done so. Beyond that I do not think that there is a question contained in what he said. The honourable senator has merely made some observations on his own part as a member of a committee of inquiry.

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