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Tuesday, 29 October 1996
Page: 4658

Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   the Australian pome fruit industry is concerned about the incidence of fire blight disease in New Zealand imports of pears and apples which are about to be approved, in a move which will increase the risks of the disease entering Australia, and

   (ii)   the Australian Government signed up to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which reversed the onus of proof so that imports cannot be banned unless damage has already been done to an industry; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government to:

   (i)   protect the Australian pome fruit industry from receiving diseased imports from anywhere in the world, and

   (ii)   fight to win back its powers to regulate potentially diseased imports.