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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 909

Senator DRURY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Is it a fact that a ban has been imposed on the importation of goldfish from Japan? If so, by whose authority and on what grounds was the ban imposed? Was it because of the danger of disease? If so, would the disease be dangerous to humans, animals or other fish? Or was it because of the predatory nature of goldfish? Will the ban apply only to Japan or to all countries exporting live fish to Australia? Is the Minister also aware that the sudden imposition of the ban has placed dealers in live fish throughout Australia in a serious financial position as the largest portion of their incomes was derived from that source?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am not aware of the situation about which the honourable senator has questioned me. However, I feel sure that he is well aware of the representations that are made from time to time to both the Minister lor Health and the Minister for Customs and Excise in order that Australia may bs kept free of diseases. No doubt that aim is behind the decision taken in this instance, but I shall seek some information and let the honourable senator have it.

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