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Monday, 15 June 2009
Page: 6031

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Bruce Scott:

That the House:

(1)   notes that the report of the Beale review of Australia’s quarantine and biosecurity arrangements, One Biosecurity: a working partnership, includes recommendation 59 relating to the importation, subject to strict conditions, of the live foot and mouth virus for use in research;

(2)   recognises that the risks associated with such importation far outweigh the possible benefits of research; and

(3)   calls on the:

(a)   Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to unequivocally and indefinitely reject recommendation 59 of the ‘Beale Report’; and

(b)   Government to indefinitely and wholly prohibit the introduction of any live culture sample of foot and mouth disease for research or any other purpose.