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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5490

Senator CRANE (10.36 p.m.) —I am relieved to hear that, because there are different rules for different waters, for very good reasons—but we will not go into that now. Senator Chamarette mentioned existing rights. I am sure that, in moving an amendment such as this, she is aware of the brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication program. In all the states, some changes had to be made to the reservation in terms of being able to fence off areas to separate clean animals and dirty animals, which are those that are diseased.

  Does this amendment exclude those state governments when there is a similar type of program for taking the necessary actions to either control a similar situation—one could think of a whole host of diseases that might come into this country—or, for example, the spread of noogoora burr or bathurst burr down the Fitzroy River? Is there still sufficient scope in the amendment to allow that sort of action to be taken to take control? Once again, having moved this amendment, I am sure Senator Chamarette would be aware of the situation that exists in the area that I am referring to.