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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 I will not repeat the reasons that I put forward at that time for the relaying of the debates of this Assembly to portions of various government departments. I think that the office of the Co-ordinator General was overlooked at that time, but it would certainly be of great convenience to that gentleman if he was able to keep abreast of debates as they happen. Motion agreed to. EXOTIC DISEASES (ANIMALS) COMPENSATION BILL (Serial 60) Continued from 3 June 1981. Mr B. COLLINS (Arnhem): Mr Speaker, the Australian Agricultural Council has approved plans for eradicating a further 8 exotic diseases. It is absolutely essential that the Northern Territory cooperate and participate in these national schemes for the eradication of disease. Therefore, it is necessary to amend our legislation to provide for this and that is what this bill does. At the same time, the bill takes the opportunity to update the former Foot and Mouth Disease Compensation Act. It provides for increased penalties which make the penalty sections of the act far more realistic in current financial terms. The major purpose of the bill is to provide for the participation of the Northern Territory in the national schemes for the eradication of exotic diseases and the opposition wholeheartedly supports this bill. I look forward to the day when we can add a further amendment to the bill and place also brucellosis and tuberculosis on the schedule of exotic diseases. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Tiwi): Mr Speaker, it gives me much pleasure to support this bill because the implementation of this legislation will affect the primary producer in the Territory. It affects him primarily but it affects me also. I think that we are very fortunate in Australia to have such strict quarantine legislation and regulations prohibiting the import of so many things into Australia for fear of introducing diseases. Because of strict quarantine laws, most plants and animals are prohibited imports. I do not think that anybody would object to quarantine restrictions being tightened up even further. I feel certain nobody would object to increased penalties for contravening this legislation. I feel that a couple of definitions in the bill could have been streamlined. They could be more exact. I refer to the definitions of 'carcass' and 'property'. I have contacted officers of the Department of Primary Production. The definition of 'carcass' is 'any portion of the body of a dead animal and includes its hide, skin, hair, feathers, wool and viscera'. If 'dung' is to be included in a definition, it would be much more exact to include it in the definition of 'carcass' rather than the definition of 'property': 'any building, fitting, appliance, fodder, carcass, dung, farm produce or any other thing that may be used by, for or in connection with an animal'. Dung is not used by an animal, for an animal or in connection with an animal. Therefore, I feel that the inclusion of 'dung' in the definition of 'property' is incorrect and should be more correctly inserted in the definition of 'carcass'. There is much legislation relating to stock, stock diseases, stock routes and travelling stock, brands, pounds etc. I feel that the time is more than past when all legislation relating to stock is streamlinged because there are difficulties inherent in trying to find exactly the provision for a particular situation. It is never a simple matter to consult 1 piece of legislation relating to stock. If we want to know something about stock diseases, we do not only 1281

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