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Vic Authorities Slam Fed Govt

Wednesday, 26th September 2007

However Racing Victoria chief executive Stephen Allanson said RV requested 15,000 doses of vaccine on Saturday evening from the National Management Group (comprising the Chief Veterinary Officers of all the states) which is managing the EI crisis. Allanson said 1,500 doses was inadequate for Victoria, but noted: "My understanding is there is very little sympathy for the vaccine to come into Victoria at all. From our point of view, we would obviously say that we are putting the show on the road for the balance of Australia & we are keeping the TAB ticking over in all states of Australia. So I think they have got their priorities a little mixed up." And Victorian Racing Minister Rob Hulls said it was "a nonsense" for Federal Minister For Agriculture Peter McGauran to be say Victoria asked for only 1,500 flu shots, insisting: "What we originally wanted was some 15,000; we agreed to work within a cooperative arrangement with other states," he said. Similarly Victorian Premier John Brumby commented: "It's not accurate for Mr McGauran to say Victoria didn't request more shots: we did"!

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