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Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 13 February 1991



Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 13 February 1991

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Parliamentary Record 2


Questions for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 13 February 1991 expense. They knew the answer 5 months ago. What we have is the flick pass. Who is responsible for the construction, maintenance and planning of highways? The federal government. Why is it responsible? Because it is in the national interest. What means does it have to provide it? It receives 25< a litre for fuel! That is 19<t more than it puts back into the roads system, including the highways. It is its responsibility, its problem and its decision. It is not a matter for this government. For the minister to attempt, through the member for Barkly, to put the burden back on Territory taxpayers by means of some lie about what I am supposed to have said is hypocritical. I find it almost unbelievable. Mr Speaker, when I have the chance to eyeball Mr Brown about this and other imposts on Territorians, we might get somewhere - and I do expect a little support from members opposite on ISC charges etc. ANSWER TO QUESTION Ivermectin Mr MANZIE (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, last week, the member for Nelson asked me a question about rescheduling the drug Ivermectin so that it would be legally available for use in controlling parasites in animals. I would like to report to the honourable member that I have this morning approved amendments to the schedules of drugs under the Poisons and Dangerous Drugs Act. Included in those amendments is the rescheduling of Ivermectin to schedule 4 for use with dogs, schedule 6 for sheep, horses and bovine cattle and schedule 7 for other purposes. I have been advised that animals such as buffalo and goats are not technically recognised within the definition for use of Ivermectin under schedule 6. However, I can assure the honourable member that any producer wishing to use Ivermectin for these animals will not have the slightest difficulty in obtaining an authority for its use from my department. I understand the member for Nelson has already been advised of this. The rescheduling will come into effect as soon as the amendments have been gazetted. My department is making arrangements for a special gazette, and I understand that this should occur in about a week. I would like to point out that this whole exercise has not been a matter of simply changing the position of Ivermectin in the schedules to the act. It was part of a much wider exercise to completely review the schedules in line with the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council to achieve national standards for scheduling drugs and poisons throughout Australia. As a result, the amendments I approved this morning contain literally hundreds of changes to the existing schedules. This is not something that can or should be done overnight. Nevertheless, in the circumstances, I believe that the department's response to the problem with Ivermectin has been both prompt and appropriate, and I feel sure that the member for Nelson will agree because she made a point of ringing my office and expressing her personal thanks for the speed with which the matter was handled. ANSWER TO QUESTION 4-Wheel-Drive Training Courses Mr ORTMANN (Lands and Housing): Mr Speaker, earlier today, the member for Nelson asked me about training courses for staff who use 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Apparently, it must have triggered some burrs because I have quickly received an explanation. In the usual course of events, the department does not train people in the use of 4-wheel-drives, other than as 105

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