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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 5607

The following notices were given:

Ms Roxon to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Health Insurance Act 1973, and for related purposes.

Mr Briggs to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has issued an interim report which makes recommendations to overturn Australia’s 90 year long ban on importing apples from New Zealand; and

(b)   these recommendations will expose the $50 million Adelaide Hills apple and pear industry to greater risk from disease and pests foreign to our shores;

(2)   recognises that:

(a)   the Australian apple and pear industry generates an annual turnover of approximately $500 million and any likely increase in major quarantine incursions will devastate both the industry’s biosecurity and future financial viability; and

(b)   it is of paramount importance that Australia protects its biosecurity and maintains a disease free apple and pear producing industry; and

(3)   calls on the Government to vigorously defend the integrity of Australia’s science-based quarantine regime and appeal any errors of law in the WTO interim report to the relevant Appellate Body.