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Australian Agricultural Council: maximum security Animal Disease Laboratory and Animal Quarantine Station



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S T A T E M E N T

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MINISTER FOR

PRIMARY INDUSTRY

AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL, COUNCIL,

MAXIMUM SECURITY ANIMAL DISEASE LABORATORY AND ANDIAL QUARANTINE STATION

A Panel of senior representatives of the States will hold consultations with senior Commonwealth Officers, and if necessary with Commonwealth Ministers, on the range of issues involved in giving adequate protection to Australia's animal industries against

the threat of exotic diseases, and in taking the steps necessary to enable improvement of Australia l s livestock despite this threat. Establishment of this Panel was decided today by the Australian Agricultural Council at Mt. Hagen.

The Acting Chairman of the Council, Mr. Nixon, said the Council had agreed to the setting up of the Panel because of the great national importance of the proposal to establish a maximum security which if implemented would entail the Animal Disease Laboratory and Animal Quarantine Station.

The Commonwealth welcomed the proposed consultations. "The Council had drawn attention to the urgency of the matter in the interests of Australia l s livestock industries", said Mr. Nixon.

Mt. Hagen TPNG 30th June, 1970.