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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2189


Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) - Will the Minister representing the Minister for Health convey to the Minister for Health the concern of many potential users of the Cocos Island quarantine station that, so far, no procedural details are available as to its operation? Will the Minister ask when details will be made available as to predetermination of eligibility, who or what body will determine access priorities, to whom application will be made, and when advice on fees and the length of quarantine and such matters will be available? Will the Minister suggest that, in view of the time necessary for potential users to make their arrangements and the fact that it is expected that occupancy will be possible within 12 months, the matter is now urgent and that a full statement would be of considerable help?


Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE

A number of matters have been raised by Senator Archer. In view of the interest expressed in the question I am sure that, if he were to place it on the Notice Paper, the information that would be made publicly available would be of assistance to a number of people. I suggest that he does that. In the meantime, I will refer the question to the Minister for Health to see what information he is able to give at this stage.







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