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Wednesday, 26 November 2003
Page: 18070

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) (3:04 PM) —Yesterday Senator O'Brien asked me a series of questions about the Portland sheep issue, most of which I answered yesterday. I indicated that I would get back to him in relation to his question about security arrangements as part of the licence conditions. The current criteria for registration of export premises are designed to address the importing country's quarantine requirements in terms of managing the isolation and disease status of the animals held at the premises. To this end, the criteria specify:

All fencing, both perimeter and internal, must be maintained in a good state of repair and be of an appropriate height and strength to contain the animals within the area of the registered premises and prevent the ingress of animals from outside of the registered premises.

They are the criteria, Senator O'Brien. The Portland feedlots have been registered for that purpose, and that is the security that is part of the licence. The sort of security that I understood you to be talking about was, as I indicated yesterday, the security provided by the police force of the relevant state.