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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3097

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. I remind the Minister of the growing use of light aircraft to make private and business flights to south-east Asian countries, particularly Indonesia. Can the Minister assure me that the quarantine procedures for passengers returning to Australia by such flights, especially from areas where foot and mouth disease is known to exist, are equally as stringent as those applying to ordinary commercial flights? For example, do occupants alighting from light aircraft have to walk through a disinfectant solution as do passengers from commercial flights when returning to or entering Australia from a foot and mouth disease area?

Dr EVERINGHAM (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - I know that my Department has been looking at ways of effecting a closer inspection of arrivals from the Indonesian area since foot and mouth disease has been reported in Bali. I have no specific information about a particular kind of aircraft, but I will find out and let the honourable member know.

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