Australian PM's New Zealand apple truce 'premature'

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Australian PM's New Zealand apple truce 'premature'

An Australian state growers association has labelled Prime Minister Julia Gillard's comments about a New Zealand apple truce as 'cheap political kudos', while investigation into NZ apples continues, reported website

The story reported Biosecurity Australia is conducting a new import risk analysis for New Zealand apples that might not be finished until mid-year.

Fruit Growers Victoria general manager John Wilson said the local industry was 'amazed' that Gillard would make such comments for 'cheap political kudos in a foreign country'.

The story said the PM's comments were premature and created doubt about due process, as the risk assessment process was still incomplete.

Related story: Australian PM announces apple war ceasefire with NZ


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