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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1417


Senator MULVIHILL - Can the Minister for Health enlighten Australian dog owners on the policy to be followed by his

Department in the case of 'Woofa', a dog that was virtually hijacked to Berkshire, England, from Sydney yesterday? Can he also express a view about the documentation that is associated with dogs travelling out of Australia by air and why the owner's name is not required on such documentation?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The question asked by the honourable senator strikes a chord in the hearts of us all. It is true that by misadventure a dog - an Australian terrier belonging to a Mr Jones of Killara - was sent to the United Kingdom by air. There was a chapter of errors in the circumstances associated with that. The dog travelled on a Qantas flight to London and is now in an official quarantine kennel in the United Kingdom. A full inquiry has been made into the circumstances of the case and I am satisfied that during its transport to the quarantine kennel in the United Kingdom the dog incurred no risk of coming into contact, directly or indirectly, with any of the diseases for which its re-entry into Australia would be prohibited. Therefore I am prepared to give consideration to the return of the dog to Australia by sea whenever a ship is available. The dog will undergo quarantine in Australia the routine period of which is 60 days. The period spent on board ships also counts as a quarantine period, as I understand it.

The return of the dog will be contingent on the availability of adequate health and other certification. I agree with Senator Mulvihill that an examination should be made and will be made into the circumstances surrounding the labelling in this instance which produced unfortunate results.







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