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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Premier defers trade mission

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Premier defers trade mission

    HOBART: Premier Anna Bligh has this morning announced that she will defer her trade mission to United Arab Emirates, Spain and Russia in the wake of the World Health Organisation (WHO) increasing the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5.

    Premier Anna Bligh is in Hobart attending COAG.

    "In light of the emerging situation internationally, I believe it is important for me to remain in Queensland to oversee the State's preparedness and respond to any possible outbreak," Ms Bligh said.

    "With the upgrading by the WHO to phase 5 my priority is ensuring we are doing everything possible to prepare for this growing threat and to be a part of the national planning," she said.

    There are currently no confirmed cases of swine flu in Queensland or in Australia.