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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1103

To the Honourable the President and the members of the Senate assembled in Parliament. The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that:

(1) Imports of frozen peas from New Zealand and elsewhere have increased from 4.8 per cent of the Australian market in 1979-80 to an estimated 20 per cent in 1984-85-from 2.2 million kg to 8.0 million kg.

(2) As a result of these escalating imports, in 1985:

Growers are faced with cuts of up to 30 per cent both in contract tonnages and prices,

Hundreds of jobs in the processing industry will be lost, with many hundreds more under threat in downstream industries,

Millions of dollars will be lost from sensitive regional and State economies.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Australian Government:

(1) Reject the recommendation of the Industries Assistance Commission Interim Report on Frozen Peas that no assistance be provided to the industry.

(2) Support the proposals made by grower organisations and trade unions for import restrictions and other measures of support for the Australian frozen pea industry.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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