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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7530

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 18 November 2002:

With reference to the 2001-02 financial year budget allocation for quarantine resourcing: How many extra detector dog teams were: (a) planned; and (b) deployed.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a) The number of new detector dog teams planned for the 2001-02 financial year was 42.

(b) The number of new teams deployed was 37. The delays in infrastructure changes at the international mail centre in Sydney necessitated a delay in deployment of the other 5 teams.