Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions without Notice

Live Animal Exports

2:41 pm

Photo of Christopher BackChristopher Back (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

Mr President, I have a supplementary question. Is the minister aware of reports that Indonesian government ministers have stated they now intend to import beef and buffalo meat from so-called foot-and-mouth-disease-free zones in affected countries such as Brazil and from India whose herds are endemic for foot-and-mouth disease? Can he explain what measures he is taking to prevent such action, given the high risk of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and meat-borne diseases affecting humans which will reach Indonesia and possibly Australia?


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