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Wednesday, 8 December 1976
Page: 3556

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What progress has been made with the review of quarantine procedures and penalties for breaches of regulations which he announced in August 1976.

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

A review of Australian quarantine arrangements has been completed and is currently under consideration.

Quarantine personnel requirements and resources throughout Australia are being reviewed as a priority task in my Department.

All penalties in relation to bleaches of human, animal and plant quarantine requirements are currently being examined. Specific proposals to increase these penalties to more realistic levels will be brought forward for my consideration as soon as possible. In the meantime all quarantine personnel have been instructed to rigorously enforce quarantine requirements and to proceed with prosecution action in the event of a breach after an initial warning.

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