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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1377

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Agriculture, concerns reports of unauthorised landings by Indonesian fishermen on the Western Australian coast. What action is the Government taking on this matter, particularly to prevent the risk of exotic livestock diseases being introduced into this country by fishermen who often land with livestock in their possession?

Senator WRIEDT - A lot of concern has been expressed and questions have been asked on many occasions in the Parliament about this matter. The only information that I can add is that the Prime Minister discussed this matter with President Suharto when he was in Indonesia recently and pointed out the possibility of Indonesian fishermen coming ashore and importing exotic diseases if they brought livestock ashore with them. Apparently President Suharto appreciates the problem and as a result of those discussions it was agreed that talks would be held between officers of the 2 governments. Only yesterday, I think, it was announced that the Director of Fisheries in the Department of Agriculture and an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs will be proceeding to Indonesia in the next few days for discussions with Indonesian officials.

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