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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3107

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) Further to question No. 977 and the monitoring of the oriental fruit fly, does the Government agree that, although monitoring activities outside the Northern Territory are not a Commonwealth responsibility, the possible spread of oriental fruit fly is a national problem.

(2)   Has he discussed with the Western Australian and Queensland authorities a co-ordinated monitoring program in the appropriate locations in those States; if not, will this be done.

Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Government, through my Department, has accepted responsibility for monitoring for oriental fruit fly across the whole of northern Australia, and has made funds available for this purpose. Research is being undertaken, as part of an overall program, to determine whether this insect presents an economic threat to Australia.

(2)   The program of monitoring, which has been in progress since 1975, has included the Western Australian and Queensland authorities, and has been approved by the Australian Agricultural Council, on which all States are represented.

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