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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3125

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 September 1977:

(   1) Is there a double standard with quarantine procedures for plants brought in by hand and for commercially imported cut flowers.

(2)   Are flowers allowed in without adequate checks for possible diseases or pests.

(3)   Is he satisfied with the procedures for cut flowers imported for resale.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) There is no double standard. Different quarantine procedures are justified for plants brought in by hand, and commercially imported cut flowers. Live plants brought in by hand for propagation undergo fumigation, treatment and observation in quarantine. Imported cut flowers, not capable of being grown, are inspected and treated if necessary.

(2)   No.

(3)   Yes. The quarantine procedures for import of cut flowers into Australia are stricter than anywhere else in the world. However, arrangements have been made to check to see if any further quarantine precautions are justified.

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