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TRADE—NEW ZEALAND—EXPORT OF APPLES TO AUSTRALIA—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Colbeck, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 423—That the Senate—

 (a) orders that there be laid on the table, and presented to the President under standing order 166, by 5 pm on Thursday, 6 October 2011 by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) a document, or documents, containing information regarding the determination of eligibility of New Zealand pack houses and orchards to export apples to Australia, specifically:

  (i) supply copies of audit checklists and other audit tools used to determine the eligibility of New Zealand pack houses and orchards to export apples to Australia,

  (ii) supply copies of audit reports for all New Zealand pack houses and orchards registered and licensed to export apples to Australia,


  (iii) provide details of the qualifications, skills, technical expertise and other selection criteria for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) auditors and New Zealand third party auditors (IVA auditors) involved in establishing and verifying the eligibility of New Zealand pack houses and orchards to export apples to Australia,

  (iv) provide details of any consideration given to using the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand [JAS-ANZ] to audit and accredit the IVA auditors and processes and AQIS auditors and processes,

  (v) describe the product identification and traceability processes used in each of the pack houses registered for export of apples to Australia, including how apples can be conclusively traced back to particular orchards,

  (vi) provide details of any product reconciliation that is undertaken to verify the origin of apples from particular blocks and orchards,

  (vii) provide details of all product recall and/or product withdrawal procedures for pack houses and orchards registered for export of apples to Australia,

  (viii) provide details of the testing and verification of product recall and/or product withdrawal procedures, including details of when these procedures were last tested and the outcome of that test, for pack houses and orchards registered for export of apples to Australia,

  (ix) provide details of all compulsory inspections undertaken in orchards and pack houses by orchard/pack house staff and by IVA/AQIS inspectors and auditors for pack houses and orchards registered or wishing to become registered for export of apples to Australia,

  (x) provide copies of internal inspection records for all inspections undertaken on consignments of apples that were subsequently rejected from the export program,

  (xi) detail the specific procedures for dealing with rejected consignments of New Zealand apples when the rejection takes place:

   (A) in New Zealand, and

   (B) once apples have arrived in Australia,

  (xii) outline the specific consequences for pack houses once there has been a rejection of export apples, including steps and processes involved in re-entering the export market, and

  (xiii) define what constitutes a `significant outbreak' of fire blight; and

 (b) notes that this information is required by Thursday, 6 October 2011, to allow consideration of it before a parliamentary delegation travels to New Zealand to investigate biosecurity and verification processes associated with the export of apples to Australia.

Statements by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Colbeck, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.