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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 2016

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(8.52) —I have heard that sort of thing from Senator Archer before, and I am not doubting his sincerity. I just repeat what the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) pointed out in another place and what many people involved in the industry point out also: The cost of getting a beast slaughtered, dressed, chopped, minced and all the other things and put on to the market is somewhere between $100 and $160. Senator Macklin and Senator Archer may suggest that the charges involved here will reach the level that the Minister in another place called the defining amount of money which will determine whether an abattoir closes down or is financial. We believe , as I think most people believe, that, to quote the Minister again, the honourable senators are having themselves on.

There are many other factors which will have a greater effect than this. We are talking about asking an industry to provide 50 per cent of the costs of essential inspection charges. Whether we raise the revenue this way or some other way, the costs have to be met. It was the previous Government's policy to do it this way; it is our policy to do it this way. Therefore, I just repeat that, for that reason, the Government opposes the amendment.