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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 126

Mrs Moylan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in writing, on 25 November 2008:

In respect of the investigation into samples taken from MV Al Kuwait: (a) what is the nature of the samples collected onboard the MV Al Kuwait during its voyage from Portland, Victoria, in September 2002; (b) in total, how many samples were collected; (c) how many, and what types of tests were performed on these samples; (d) what is the name of the laboratory that analysed the data; and (e) is a copy of the final report available to the public; if so, what is its title and from where is it available.

Mr Burke (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

A veterinarian accompanied the ship from Portland to Fremantle and voluntarily collected an unknown number of post-mortem samples and stored them in formalin. A different veterinarian accompanied the ship from Fremantle to the Middle East destinations and did not collect any samples. There is no record of any testing being carried out on the samples collected between Portland and Fremantle.