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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5977

Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (17:48): Firstly, I want to begin by endorsing the comments of the member for Braddon in respect of the government's commitment in this portfolio area. I say to the minister present, who is speaking on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, that even in metropolitan seats like Adelaide, which I represent, and Hindmarsh, which you, Mr Deputy Speaker, represent, fisheries, forestry and agriculture are very important.

I have a particular interest in the maintenance of Australia's strong biosecurity system and I know that you do too, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is an area that I want to raise with the minister and ask a question of him. I know that Minister Ludwig and, before him, Minister Burke, who is here representing Minister Ludwig, have been busy working on improvements to Australia's complex and important biosecurity system. It is an area that you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I have raised with ministers, and publicly on many occasions. Minister, I would be grateful if you could advise what is in the budget to continue the important reforms the government has embarked upon?