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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 198

(Question No. 951)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 12 June 1984:

(1) What was the value of Queensland exports to New Caledonia in the last financial year.

(2) Is there scope for an increase in exports to New Caledonia from Queensland; if so, what sections of Queensland industry should be encouraged to look to New Caledonia as a possible new export market.

(3) What products grown and manufactured in Queensland are currently in demand in New Caledonia.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The value of Queensland exports-excluding re-exports and state and country confidential items-to New Caledonia in the year 1982-83 was $A5,278,411.

(2) Yes, although most goods exported to New Caledonia require import licences and some are subject to import restrictions, which severely restrict opportunity for Australian exporters, the possibility of exports of cattle and long grain rice to New Caledonia, in particular, are currently under investigation.

(3) In the period July 1983 to April 1984 the main products being exported from Queensland (excluding re-exports and state and country confidential items), were spelt and meslin (in bulk), unmilled maize, refined cane sugar, fruit juices, sailing boats, pigmeat, oil cake and soya bean residue and mixed goods. On 10 November 1983, the New Caledonian authorities announced restrictions on imports of milk, cheese and wheat flour from traditional, non-Economic Community sources of supply. In the year 1982-83, fresh and frozen milk was the major product exported from Queensland. Representations are being made to the authorities in New Caledonia and France on this matter.