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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - There has been a ban on the importation of pigs, not only landrace pigs but other breeds as well, because of the danger of introducing swine fever into Australia. As there has been no case of swine fever for a considerable period in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, the ban has now been lifted in respect of those countries. There is no limitation on the number of pigs that may be brought in from those countries, but there are certain quarantine requirements that must be fulfilled. The pigs must, on arrival in Australia, be quarantined for a short period and they must be accompanied by a certificate from the chief veterinary officer of either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland guaranteeing that they come from an area in which no cases of the disease have occurred. If that certificate is not forthcoming the ban is, of course, automatically re-imposed. There is no question of a time limit. This matter is decided in the light of quarantine requirements. It would be quite impossible to lay down any period for which a quarantine ban would operate, because its operation depends entirely on the health of the animals in the country from which they come.

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