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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—IMPORTATION OF BEEF PRODUCTS

The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate that Senator Williams had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The dangers presented by the Rudd Government's decision to allow the importation of beef products from countries that have had confirmed outbreaks of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease).

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.