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Monday, 29 November 2004
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in the Parliament

The Petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the decision by Biosecurity Australia to permit the importation of apples from countries which have infestations of Erwinia amylovora (Fireblight). Biosecurity Australia admit infestation of Australian plants is likely, and have published “Fruit sourced from infected orchards have the potential to carry epiphytic bacteria potential for spread - feasible potential for consequences - significant.” Published Biosecurity Australia February 2004.

Your Petitioners therefore pray that the House

(a) Rescind that decision by Biosecurity Australia-on environmental grounds as this pest cannot be eradicated, or alternatively

(b) Legislate that all Australian citizens affected financially by the decision each year be reimbursed for all costs associated with control of the disease, from the date of infestation. This will include orchardists, nurserymen and gardeners.

by Mr Bruce Scott (from 1,197 citizens)