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Monday, 9 August 1999
Page: 7087

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 9 June 1999:

(1) How many Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) officers are employed at Midfield Meat (establishments 180 and 246) at Warrnambool, Victoria.

(2) Are these officers permanent employees or contract employees.

(3) If they are contract employees: (a) how long have they been engaged; and (b) what is the cost of their employment.

Senator Alston (Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Midfield Meat has a contract with AQIS for the supply of twelve meat inspectors and one veterinary officer.

(2) Of the twelve meat inspectors four are permanent employees and eight are contractors. The permanent employees are located at establishment 180 and the contractors at establishment 246.

(3) The eight contractors were engaged when establishment 246 was registered for export operations on 4 May 1999. Contractor costs are approximately $8,500 per week. This includes some contract costs for relief purposes at establishment 180.