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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5983


Mr GEORGANAS (Hindmarsh) (18:16): First of all, I would like to say that I support the government's commitment to this particular portfolio. Many times I have rung the minister's office with a range of issues; as the member for Makin said earlier, I do have a keen interest in this area. I know that Minister Burke and Minister Ludwig have worked very hard to improve this area, which is very complex, especially biosecurity. I would be grateful if the minister could answer my question, or get back to me, in order to set the record straight. Recently in the media there were some reports about pork being imported into Australia—it was a huge issue in the media in South Australia—and we received many phone calls from concerned constituents, and I had discussions with the member for Makin, who received many calls as well. When I did speak with the minister's office, I was very pleased that they could assure me that there has been no importation of pork. A media release was put out very quickly as those discussions were taking place, but I was sad to hear that there is still that misconception out there. For the record, Minister, either today or at another time, would you be able to put that record straight? And why is that misconception out there?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms K Livermore ) (18:17): If the minister agrees, I will call the member for Gippsland for his question and they can be answered together.