Import Plan Mystery

AUSTRALIA - There was no submission to the Beale quarantie inquiry suggesting foot and mouth disease be brought to Australia, and officers from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry have conceded they saw no reason to bring the disease to Australia for research.
calendar icon 24 February 2009
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A Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra today has been grilling staff from the department on where the recommendation - which has been accepted and supported by the Government - actually came from and whether there was any reason for the disease to come to Australia.

The recommendation came from the Beale report into Australia's biosecurity arrangements and proposed that live strains of foot and mouth disease be allowed imported to Australia for research into vaccines and control measures.

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