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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2625

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - My question, addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Health, may also concern the Minister for Primary Industry. Is the Minister aware of recent arrangements to streamline the importation into this country of cattle semen from New Zealand by the adoption of new procedures which do not at the same time lower the threshhold of concern to ensure against the introduction of disease? Would it be possible to have a similar review of the stringent conditions applicable to the importation from New Zealand of sheep semen to enable the establishment of a coarse wool breed of sheep for the carpet manufacturing industry in Australia?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am sure that the honourable senator will appreciate that I personally am not in a position to answer immediately the question directed by him to me in my capacity as Minister representing the Minister for Health. I certainly will refer the honourable senator's question to our colleague Dr Everingham. I assume that in any consideration of it he would confer with our colleague the Minister for Primary Industry.

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