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Thursday, 9 May 1985
Page: 1645

Senator ARCHER —I direct my question to the Minister for Resources and Energy. The fishing industry is a major user of fuel per unit of production in Australia and a major exporter for international earnings. Has the Government made an impact investigation of the effect of the 1985 price rise and the likely changes that such a rise will have on the development of new fishieries and the exploitation of existing ones? If the effect on fishing has been particularly considered, what is the extent to which it is anticipated there will be an effect on participation and on export?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am not aware of any specific study that has been made of the effect of fuel price rises on the fishing industry. If any such study were to be made, it would no doubt be the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Primary Industry. I will refer the question to him to see what further information I can supply.