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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 2013

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(8.28) —The Government opposes the amendment. The introduction of an export charge will complement the slaughter charge. It will not increase total receipts in relation to export inspection services. The new system is intended to benefit export registered abattoirs by allowing them to compete for livestock with domestic abattoirs. It will benefit the owners of small stock, particularly small cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, by reflecting lower total charges for the lower costs of inspection of those animals and meat therefrom. It will also benefit considerably owners of cattle who slaughter them in export works for consumption on the domestic market . These beneficial effects should not be deferred for two years. The deferral would have no effect on revenues. The Government would not then be prepared to reduce the slaughter charge from $4.35 to $2.25 per adult beast equivalent.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be added (Senator Boswell's amendment) be added.