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NSW demands inquiry into horse flu 'breach'

Posted August 28, 2007 15:33:00
Updated August 28, 2007 18:22:00

Mr MacDonald says the inquiry is needed to protect the thoroughbred industry.

Mr MacDonald says the inquiry is needed to protect the thoroughbred industry. (The 7.30 Report)

The New South Wales Government has linked the Eastern Creek quarantine station in Sydney to the horse flu epidemic.

The state's Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, says the virus found in confirmed cases in New South Wales is the same strain or similar to that found in horses at Eastern Creek, which were imported from Japan.

He has demanded that the Federal Government holds a full and open inquiry into what he has described as a biosecurity breach, saying it is needed to protect the thoroughbred industry.

Some things are improving for racegoers with trainings resuming at Sydney's Randwick racecourse, and at Melbourne's Flemington track.

Melbourne jockey Craig Williams is relieved that there has been some progress.

"Everyone was eager to come back and start working and do the job that we do every day," he said.

Racing is expected to resume on Saturday in all states except Queensland and New South Wales.

The famous Birdsville races in far western Queensland this weekend have now been postponed.

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