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Australia news live: Labor resists calls to close Indonesia border as more foot-and-mouth fragments found; nation records 89 Covid deaths | Australia news

Government won’t yet close border with Indonesia amid biosecurity fears

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

The agriculture minister, Murray Watt, says Australia will not yet close the border to Indonesia over foot-and-mouth disease concerns, despite calls from the Coalition opposition for tighter biosecurity controls over the devastating livestock disease.

Fragments of the disease were found in pork products on sale in Melbourne imported from China yesterday, while the Adelaide Advertiser reported that fragments were found in undeclared beef products at Adelaide airport. Guardian Australia has contacted Watt’s office and the agriculture department for comment.

The Coalition’s home affairs spokesperson, Karen Andrews, and the former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce have called on the Labor government to close Australia’s border to Indonesia, which is currently experiencing an outbreak. Watt said on…

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