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Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Page: 6236

Mr HALE (8:19 PM) —I will be quick because I am a caring, sharing type of guy and we are running out of time. I did have a good spiel written here, but I would just like to acknowledge all the members who are in here tonight to ask questions of the agriculture minister, because we all have a passion for people in rural and regional Australia and that is why we are in this debate. What I will say is that in the Northern Territory we have our rec fishing industry, we have our live cattle export trade and we also have our agriculture and mangoes—three very different industries with very different needs. My question to you, Minister, is: can you outline how the Rudd government is investing in a robust biosecurity system for Australia?