This article appeared in todays Border Morning Mail:
"Stop cars along border: Napthine
By BRAD WORRALL
The Victorian Opposition would stop every car crossing the border into the state under its radical plan to prevent the spread of equine influenza. Yesterday at Wodonga racecourse Opposition racing spokesman Denis Napthine said present security measures were impotent.
Under the former veterinarian’s plan three people would man check points, at least one with some knowledge of animal science, questioning each driver and inspecting cars when necessary. He would also give those security teams greater powers. “It’s not good enough, they have no power to stop vehicles, seize equipment or disinfect,” Dr Napthine said. “What we need is a secure border and that involves having security and people with the power under the Stock Diseases Act to stop vehicles, seize equipment, to disinfect boots and stop horses getting into Victoria. What I’m suggesting is that we have two security guards, backed up by a DPI officer. Not only would they have the power to stop the vehicles but they would also have expertise in that area.”
Dr Napthine believes every car should be stopped, questioned and if necessary inspected. “I feel sorry for the security guards, for many their greatest experience is being on the door at a nightclub,” he said. “That is hardly the security needed to protect the multi-billion dollar horse industry in this state.”
Dr Napthine rejected any suggestion his proposal was over-kill. “This is a serious exotic disease continuing to spread in NSW and Queensland,” he said. “In the past two days in northern Victoria I have heard rumours and stories of horses coming across the border and of people who could also pose some risk of infection also entering the state. Those rumours and stories are likely to have some foundation. It is quite clear we have been too late in securing our borders and the security we have put in place has not been good enough.”
Meanwhile, the Wodonga race meeting on Monday will go ahead. Yesterday the Victorian DPI had suggested all cross-border racing would stop until the equine flu epidemic was controlled in NSW. At 9am Monday’s meeting was cancelled but less than an hour later the decision was overturned. At least eight races are expected at Wodonga with barricades to be erected to keep patrons at least 5m from horses."
Good grief! Has this Napthine political person not even half a brain? Think about it (I'm sure HE hasn't!). Stopping EVERY ONE of the 40,000 plus vehicles per day on the Hume Freeway at the Murray River crossing with ONLY THREE PEOPLE?? Ha-ha-ha-ha..... You would need more like 300 to cope with JUST THAT CROSSING POINT ALONE!!! AND DO IT EVERY DAY!!!???? Double hahahaha!!! Oh, not forgetting of course there's also the old Union Bridge crossing at Albury too - only about 8,000 vehicles a day now on that one. Should be a piece of cake to STOP EVERY VEHICLE AND INSPECT EACH ONE CAREFULLY... Let alone the other bazillion places the "evil germ" might be spread across the border from...
LOLOLOL ... Sorry folks, I'm splitting my sides after reading this doozy... I wonder how much this Napthine jerk gets paid to come up with such wonderful "ideas"??
Have a larf....