Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976
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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Tuesday 21 December 1976 normal checks on that vessel. The vessel was intercepted before it became in contact with land and the normal checks were carried out. 1709 Mr VALE to Dr LETTS ANSWER My question concerns the outbreak of fruit fly the fruit fly been identified, what plans are the fly, and is it a fact that no legislation entry of fruit into the Northern Territory? in Alice Springs. Has in hand to eradicate exists to prohibit the The Mediterranean Fruit Fly has been positively identified in the Alice Springs area. The extent and severity of the outbreak is not yet known. Immediate action is being taken to contain and eradicate the pest which is ranked amongst the world's 6 most damaging fruit flies. The only other part of Australia in which it has hitherto been known has been the south-western part of Western Australia. I understand that it is proposed immediately to undertake ground treatment using baits and spraying techniques similar to those techniques used for Oriental Fruit Fly in Darwin in the past using a mixture of an attractant and a pesticide. It is at the same time proposed to undertake an intensive trapping campaign to survey the extent of distribution of the beast. It is intended to invoke the Northern Territory Plant Diseases Control Ordinance to gazette Mediterranean Fruit Fly as a notifiable pest and to declare an area within a 50 kilometre radius of Alice Springs as a quarantine area and, as a follow up action, to extend the survey work to outlying missions and settlements and communities from the South Australian border to Tennant Creek. In order to do this it will be necessary to use additional manpower to that which is already available. Nothing I understand is known at this stage about the source of the outbreak, which way it came in. One would guess that it most likely came from the Western Australian area, in which case it could have come in either from South Australia in host fruit or possibly even State shipping around to Darwin and down from here. Amongst the characteristics of this fruit fly that are known or believed to be true is that is does not readily co-exist with Oriental Fruit Fly, but it is a serious pest and all necessary steps are being taken. In the Plant Diseases Ordinance, as it stands at the moment, there are powers to prevent, introduction of plant material to the Northern Territory. Fruit for human consumption normally has an exemption from the certification required for other plant material; however, if a fruit is known to be infested or if the disease is declared under the ordinance, then additional steps can be taken. We will examine the legislation to make sure that it is sufficient and, if it is not, corrective action will be taken. I believe that under the legislation that alreadY'exists there are very strong powers for quarantine and for declaration of this as a notifiable disease and for appropriate action to be taken. I will report to the Assembly from time to time on any further developments in this outbreak. , J to Mrs LAWRIE to Mr RYAN An announcement this week in the "Australian" says: "The Federal Government has slashed its spending this financial year by $25Om". Has the honourable menber's advice been sought at any level as to what part of the capital works program or any other area under his control could be cut with the least effect in the Territory?
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