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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3311

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia showeth:

1. That Australia's meat exports are being placed in an uncompetitive position by the imposition of substantial export meat inspection charges whilst Australia 's competitors receive free inspection plus considerable subsidies.

2. These charges are causing substantial loss of business for export abattoir operators and loss of jobs for their employees due to the disparity in inspection costs of export and non-export works arising from a 200 per cent increase in Federal Government charges at export works.

3. That immediate steps should be taken to end serious injury being done by these charges to export abattoir operators, their employees, livestock producers and all others dependant on the Australian meat and livestock industry.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Federal Government will act to immediately suspend all export inspection charges for a period of three years.

And your petitioners as in duty bond will ever pray.

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