Public inquiry into Aussie flu oubreak

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<p>There’s to be a public inquiry in Australia into the nation’s horse flu outbreak.</p>

<p>Prime Minister John Howard has appointed former high court judge Ian Callinan to conduct the forensic inquiry, which will examine how equine influenza crossed Australian borders.</p>
<p>The flu outbreak shut down the racing industry in all states for a week and is estimated to have cost the industry tens of millions of dollars.</p>
<p>Although some states have allowed the resumption of racing, there’s likely to be an impact on the Melbourne Spring carnival and the Melbourne Cup, which attracts mounts from Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and New Zealand.</p>
<p>The Australian Racing Board has welcomed the news of the inquiry.</p>
<p>Board Chief Andrew Harding says his organisation has been in contact with Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran and says he’s done the right thing by the industry. – Radio Australia</p>

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