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Thursday, 31 October 1974
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Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Does the Minister consider that the allegations made by a Senior Quarantine Inspector, concerning the insufficient quarantine procedures in force in Western Australia were sufficiently and fairly investigated; if not, in view of the serious allegations which have been made about the standards of quarantine procedures, will the Minister undertake to have an 'open inquiry' to ascertain the facts.


Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Earlier this year, when I became aware of the allegations concerning insufficient quarantine procedures in force in Western Australia, I immediately ordered an investigation which was carried out by the First Assistant DirectorGeneral, Quarantine Division, Canberra, the Director of Health, New South Wales Division, and the Assistant Director-General of the Department's Policy Secretariat and Legislation Branch, Canberra. At the conclusion of their inquiry, during which they interviewed every person considered to be in a position to throw light on the allegations, they reported that there was no evidence to suggest that quarantine procedures were unsatisfactory. A copy of the report was tabled recently in the House of Representatives. In light of the findings and report of the committee I do not consider that an 'open inquiry ' is necessary.







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