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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1131

Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (11:19): At the request of Senator Sterle, I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report:

The biosecurity risks associated with imports of seafood and seafood products, including, but not limited to, uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat into Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) the management of White Spot virus in Australia;

(b) the impact of the outbreak on Australia's wild and farm prawn sectors;

(c) the economic impact on Australian wholesalers and retailers;

(d) the adequacy and timeliness of the Commonwealth's response;

(e) the adequacy of Commonwealth resourcing of biosecurity measures, including Import Risk Assessments; and

(f) any related matters.