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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 188

Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, On 7 November1979:

(1)   What quarantine rules are applied to bodies of deceased persons arriving in Australia for burial.

(2)   Are they enforced.

(3)   How do they differ from the rule regarding the shipment of bodies for burial overseas.

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

(1)   The importation of the body of a deceased person is prohibited under Quarantine Proclamation 70G unless:

(i)   the permission in writing of the Director of Quarantine to import the body is produced to the Collector of Customs; and

(ii)   the body is accompanied by an official copy of an official certificate of death, or an official extract of an entry in an official register, in respect of the death.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   For bodies shipped for burial overseas, a certificate is issued by my Department stating that there were no quarantinable diseases in the Commonwealth of Australia during the preceding twenty-eight days.

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