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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2696

Senator DAME NANCY BUTTFIELD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industry. By way of preface I remind the Minister that 2 or 3 weeks ago I asked him a question about locust plagues which I said were ravaging South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. I asked then whether there was anything more that either governments or individuals could do to prevent the spread of these plagues. I noted in this morning's Press a report that the locusts are now threatening in Queensland and that farmers are having to sit back and watch the devastation that is going on because of a shortage of insecticides which will be at its worst early next month. Would it be possible to import insecticides and to do some more spraying or anything else which can control these plagues?

Senator WRIEDT -I indicated, when the honourable senator asked her question, that this was mainly a matter for co-operation between

State authorities, the farmers and the local authorities. The Australian Government did make available $500,000 and certain military equipment for the spraying of these chemicals. I am not aware of the current position regarding the supply of chemicals. I know that two or 3 months ago there was a possibility of a shortage of supply. All I can do is find out what is the current position and advise the honourable senator as soon as I can get the information.

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