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Tuesday, 30 November 1976

Mr Sainsbury asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that there is a single firm in Australia which synthesises menthol from dives oil.

(2)   Has this company imported the vast proportion of its raw material requirements from South Africa and Swaziland at the same time as a 19 per cent tariff level exists on the finished product.

(3)   Has this situation created great hardship for the eucalyptus dives industry in Australia.

(4)   Will he consider moves to assist the industry against this situation which militates against the welfare of people employed in the eucalyptus industry in Australia.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) There is in fact a single company in Australia which synthesises menthol from suitable varieties of Eucalyptus dives oil.

(2   ) The company concerned purchases its oil requirements from Australian distillers. Its requirements are supplemented by imported oil only when necessary. It has not imported oil of this type during the past year.

Tariff rates applying to menthol are:

General tariff22½ per cent

Developing countries 10 percent

Preferential rate 15 percent

New Zealand: Free

(3)   The situation has not created hardship for the Eucalyptus dives oil distilling industry in Australia.

(4)   Under the circumstances no assistance to the industry is considered to be necessary.

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