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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1390

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health the following question: In view of the concern being expressed by farmers and graziers, particularly in northern Australia, over the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in areas adjacent to our north, will the Minister bring to the attention of the Minister for Health and the Cabinet the need for a clear policy on how to combat the disease if an outbreak occurs in this country? Will the Minister state clearly what compensation measures are envisaged and what co-operation with the States is planned so that any outbreak will be quickly detected and contained? Will the Minister agree that any confusion in these areas could result in an outbreak not being reported, thus making eradication difficult and costly?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - All that I can undertake to do is to refer the matters raised by the honourable senator to my colleague the Minister for Health, who is in another place, and secure answers for him.

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