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MEDIA MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRYCANBERRA RELEASEPI85/175 31 A ugust 1985ANIMAL AND PLANT QUARANTINE FEESThe M i n i s t e r f o r Prim ary I n d u s t r y , Mr John K e rin to day gave d e t a i l s of t h e i n c r e a s e in fe e s f o r a number of q u a r a n t i n e s e r v i c e s r e l a t i n g to i m p o r t a t i o n o f a n i m a l s , p l a n t s and goods o f q u a r a n t i n e c o n c e rn . The fee r i s e was announced in th e May m i n i - b u d g e t .Tne main change to fe e s has been due to s a l a r y i n c r e a s e s and th e rem oval o f a 50% c o n c e s s io n fo r th e e x a m i n a tio n o f a n im a ls im p o rted from New Z e a l a n d . Charges fo r p l a n t q u a r a n t i n e fe e s and fo r a n im a ls a t q u a r a n t i n e s t a t i o n s have been i n c r e a s e d to a l e v e l more a c c u r a t e l y r e f l e c t i n g the o p e r a t i n g c o s t s of th e s e r v i c e p r o v id e d . The bulk o f th e s e c h a r g e s r e l a t e to i m p o r t a t i o n s by b r e e d e r s of a n im a ls and p l a n t s fo r com m ercial p r o p a g a t i o n .Mr K erin s a i d t h a t th e new f e e s would come i n t o e f f e c t on th e d a te o f t h e i r g a z e t t a l on 1 O ctober 1985. However th e new f e e s would n o t a p p ly to a n im a ls and p l a n t s a l r e a d y in q u a r a n t i n e or c o n sig n e d to A u s t r a l i a p r i o r to 1 O c t o b e r . D e t a i l s o f fe e i n c r e a s e s w i l l be s h o r t l y a v a i l a b l e from th e C h ie f Q u a r a n tin e O f f i c e r in each S t a t e D epartm ent o f A g r i c u l t u r e .Tne M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t d u r in g 1985/86 t h e r e would be a f u l l rev iew o f th e c h a r g in g base fo r q u a r a n t i n e s e r v i c e s . T h is would in c lu d e a d e t a i l e d s tu d y o f S t a t e c o s t s , and Commonwealth c o s t s o f a d m i n i s t r a t i o n and th e o p e r a t i o n o f q u a r a n t i n e s t a t i o n s .CONTACT; Tony G leeson (062) 72 6661