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Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Page: 3236


Senator WOODLEY —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australian pork producers have suffered a $62 million fall in income since the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Mr Anderson) lifted import bans on pig meat from Canada and Denmark, and

(ii) for individual producers, the average loss amounts to $17 000 for producers nationally and $26 000 for producers in Queensland; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) instigate a moratorium on pork imports from Canada and Denmark until the Australian industry has recovered,

(ii) increase the pork industry assistance package from $10 million over 3 years to $20 million over 3 years to boost funds for researching export development opportunities for Australian pork and to investigate whether low interest loans should be part of the package,

(iii) use all upcoming trade forums to push for reciprocal access for Australian pork to overseas markets, and

(iv) introduce a 10 per cent tariff on manufactured Canadian pork imports, which is legal and allowable under World Trade Organization provisions if the domestic industry is being damaged by imports.