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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2203

Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Trade)(4.58) —On behalf of the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) I would like to thank all those honourable members who participated in the debate.

Mr Cadman —You have paid rapt attention to them! You were here for 30 seconds of the last speech.

Mr DAWKINS —I actually was paying rapt attention to them. I am not sure whether he was the Opposition's main speaker, but I heard the Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia (Mr Hunt). His was a fascinating contribution. Opposition speakers raised a number of questions and referred to a lack of consultation with the Australian Council of Egg Producers. This point was particularly alleged by the Deputy Leader of the National Party. I am advised by the Minister's Department that the Council, along with the Australian Egg Marketing Council and the States through the Australian Agricultural Council, were involved in drawing up the levy arrangements embodied in the Egg Industry Research (Hen Quota) Levy Bill and Egg Industry Research (Hen Quota) Levy Collection Bill and that departmental officers attempted to contact the Executive Officer and advise him that the Bills were being introduced. Through unavailability, or absence, of that officer from the Council's offices, it was not possible to convey to him the message until after the introduction of the Bills. I will arrange with the Minister, on his return, for him to supply answers to the other matters raised by speakers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.