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Thursday, 31 May 1984
Page: 2299


Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(10.18) —Total Japanese imports in 1979 were 135,988 tonnes. In 1983 they were 141,810 tonnes. In 1979 the share was 78.4 per cent, and since then it has gone down year after year-78. 4 per cent, 77 per cent, 71.9 per cent, 71.4 per cent and 67.2 per cent. As Senator MacGibbon well knows, that is due to the pressure put on the Japanese market by the American beef exporters. He knows that and the figures show that. To suggest that these markets have just started going down since the Labor Government came in is nonsense. The figures show it is nonsense. The honourable senator talked about Japan and the collapse under Labor Ministers. He knows it is nonsense. The figures show it is nonsense. If he wants to go on with that sort of caper in an Estimates committee, he can do so, but it does not prove a thing and it does not assist in solving our problems at all.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of the Treasury

Proposed expenditure, $16,588,000.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of Primary Industry

Proposed expenditure, $3,109,000.