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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 80

Question No. 51

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 4 May 1983:

(1) Have he and his Department acquired responsibility for the administration of animal quarantine in Australia.

(2) If not, (a) is it still intended that this responsibility be given to his Department, (b) when will the transfer from the Department of Health take place and (c) how long will the transfer take.

Mr Hawke —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) The Minister for Health has initiated certain reviews of the quarantine service. When the results of those reviews are available further consideration may be given to the administrative arrangements to apply to the quarantine function.