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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 438


Mr Sainsbury (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 30 April 1 980:

(   1 ) Are there any restrictions on the importation of angora goat semen.

(2)   If so, (a) what are those restrictions and (b) how do they relate to the importation of semen from (i) South Africa and (ii) Turkey, and (c) what means are available to enable a person to import this semen despite the restrictions.


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

(l)   Yes.

(2)   (a) Under Quarantine Proclamation 77A semen, other than bovine semen (for which special provisions apply), may be imported only with the consent in writing of the Director of Quarantine. Under present arrangements such approval is given to goat semen from New Zealand only.

(b)   (i) (ii) Approval is not given to imports of goat semen from South Africa and Turkey because of the presence of diseases in those courntries which are exotic to Australia and which may be transmitted in semen.

(c)   Under present arrangements there are no means by which goat semen may be legally imported into Australia from South Africa or Turkey.







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