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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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DEBATES - Wednesday 19 August 1981 Referring to clause 4 of the bill, when section 22B of the principal act is amended, the removal of the word 'and' from subsection (1) (a) implies a choice. I think it weakens that particular piece of legislation and I do not think it should. I would like to be told that I am wrong but, on my reading of it, it seems to weaken it a little because it implies a choice and there is not as much compulsion as there was. In section 22B(1) (a) of the Stock Diseases Act, there is no compulsion exerted on the person. There is compulsion in respect of the animals etc. The person should also be mentioned there because, in some situations, it may be necessary to seek treatment. There does not seem to be a compulsion on the person to be treated. If this is considered necessary, it would require a further amendment. The honourable minister has said it would be in the Health Act. Section 22B.(1) (a) reads: 'may give a direction in writing that a person, animal or thing, in or previously in the restricted area to which the declaration relates, shall be disinfected or such an animal or thing shall be otherwise treated'. In some cases, the person would have to be treated also. Clause 4 has a new subjection (1) (c) to be inserted in section 22B of the principal act. The amendment says: 'may give an order in writing directing the removal or disposal from a holding, declared under this division to be a restricted area, of an animal or thing specified in the order'. I could not understand why only a holding was mentioned and not a vessel or wharf also. In section 22B(1) of the principal act, a vessel is mentioned. In conclusion, clause 6 relates to the powers of the inspector. Whilst I agree with the marking and know why it has been introduced and know that this legislation would be aimed primarily at cattle, we must not forget that bees are stock for the purpose of the Stock Diseases Act. Some of these inspectors will have headaches marking the bees. I fully support the bill and hope that it goes more than a little way to helping the eradication of brucellosis and tuberculosis in the Territory. Mr VALE (Stuart): I was interested to read earlier this year that 5 states in the United States were experiencing similar problems to the Northern Territory in the brucellosis eradication program. Texas, Florida, Mississipi, Arkansas and Louisiana accounted for nearly two-thirds of the herds contaminated in the USA by brucellosis in 1980. Another 5 states in the USA accounted for 25% of the infected herds resulting in 10 states holding 90% of the infected herds. Florida has 900 infected which is more than double that of Louisiana which had the second highest rate of brucellosis infection. There are interesting parallels in the January 1981 quarterly publication, 'Brucellosis Progress Report', with the situation in the Northern Territory. Florida has mounted a campaign known as Operation Cleanup to boost its vaccination program in overall calf vaccination. 'Similarly, the Northern Territory government, with the support of the industry, is intensifying its program to eradicate bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. Brucellosis is the major problem in the southern area of the Northern Territory while TB of course is the major concern in the Top End. The Territory shares similar problems with the 10 states of America that I have mentioned and the aim of this legislation is to ensure that our disease eradication program keeps pace with those other states of the Commonwealth. Members are united in their aim to upgrade this program and I believe that the accurate identification methods and assistance in destocking will go a long way towards ensuring the eradication targets. I support the bill. Mr STEELE (Primary Production and Tourism): I only rise to allay the fears of the member for Tiwi as to the workings of this particular piece of legislation. It has been around a long time. I cannot recall when it was first 1301

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