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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 25978

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (1:05 PM) —In chapter 7, article 7.4 establishes the committee to which we have been referring. It says it will comprise:

... representatives of each Party who have responsibility for sanitary and phytosanitary matters.

It is reasonable to assume that they would be principally government officials. In relation to what is referred to in annex 7-A as the Standing Technical Working Group on Animal and Plant Health Measures, again that chapter gives us guidance. It says:

The Working Group shall be co-chaired by the chief administrators of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Biosecurity Australia and the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ...

We are looking principally at a technical group of specialists.