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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3055

Mr Giles asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Where in Australia are road blocks set up to guard against new infestations from (a) Queensland fruit fly and (b) the Mediterranean fruit fly.

(2)   Can he say what sum is expended by each of the States, both interestate and intrastate, to stop the re-infestion of areas from fruit fly.

(3)   Has a serious national attempt ever been made to eliminate the Queensland and Mediterranean fruit flies, in order to cut out large annual commitments of the resources of manpower and finance, the use of which acts purely as a palliative or an attempt to stop the infestation of one area from the next.

(4)   What experimental work has been carried out by the C.S.I.R.O. in relation to this national problem which with other infestations such as codlin - moth, is spoiling export of fresh fruits to ready market in Asia.

Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   Fruit fly road blocks and check points throughout Australia are designed to restrict the movement of all species of the fruit fly. However, the Queensland fruit fly, a native to Australia, is predominant in the Eastern States and outbreaks of Mediterranean fruit fly, the introduced species, occur mainly in Western Australia.

Road blocks and check points are in the following areas:

New South Wales/Victoria Border.

There are 20 road blocks and 13 part time check points as follows: Wodonga, Euston, Echuca, Bairnsdale, Genoa, Bringenbrong, Cann River, Cobram, Koondrook, Stuart Highway (Merbein), Swan Hill, Tocumwal, Tooleybuc, Wahgunyah, Wentworth, Yarrawonga, Yarrawonga Stock Route Bridge, Orbost, Nyah, Jingellic, Howlong, Hume Weir, Gonn Crossing, Bethanga Bridge and Calder Highway (Red Cliffs).

New South Wales/South Australia Border.

One at Cockburn which is near Broken Hill.

Victoria/South Australia Border.

One at Yamba near Renmark and one at Pinnaroo near Mildura.

South Australia/Western Australia Border. One at Ceduna and one at Norseman.

In addition there are numerous other check points at various interstate transport centres.

(2)   A large percentage of the work carried out to contain fruit fly within State boundaries and within particular areas of States is also directed at other plant and animal insects, pests and diseases. However, the following annual estimates of expenditure have been provided which include all aspects of fruit fly control work other than research expenditure:


(3)   Eradication of fruit fly on a national basis has not been attempted in Australia. However, the Commonwealth and States, through the Australian Agricultural Council, are assessing the feasibility of eradication in the light of present day techniques.

(4)   My Colleague the Minister for Science and External Territories who is responsible for C.S.I.R.O. has been requested to provide a reply to this part of the question.

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