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Hendra Quarantine Lifted On Qld Properties
In Queensland, the last of the quarantine restrictions which accompanied the recent Hendra virus outbreak "have now been lifted on all properties" reported abc.net.au. However John Brady, 64, owner of the Cawarral Stud "at the centre of the outbreak" declared the consequences of the 8 weeks his farm spent quarantined "have been devastating", noting: "Our direct cost is over the $100,000. That doesn't include the loss of stock or the value of the stock & it doesn't include the devaluation of the stock that we have got on the ground now." Brady wants the government "to draw up legislation tomorrow & force a levy on the industry of every horse registered. There should be a levy of $20, $25 put into Hendra research to produce a vaccine." But Thoroughbred Breeders' Queensland president Bob Frappell commented: "I just doubt the practicality of it & whether the Government has got the will to impose it against people's wills, because that is what it would take." And the ABC noted: "Queensland's Primary Industries Minister is ruling out imposing a state levy on horses, saying it would be up to the Federal Government to introduce such a charge."