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Friday, 3 July 1998
Page: 4888


Senator PARER (Resources and Energy) (2:34 PM) —I will just respond very quickly. Senator Brown knows quite well that `Product of Australia' is the term that covers things that are totally manufactured in Australia with Australian ingredients—that is, 100 per cent Australian or close to it. `Made in Australia' is the other term that picks up goods which are substantially transformed in Australia, which are essentially Australian in character. As I pointed out earlier, for years a product only needed to have acquired its character in Australia to be labelled `Made in Australia', regardless of its level of Australian content. Irrespective of what Senator Brown says, this government is setting a higher standard for `Made in Australia' claims than has been set by the courts or by any legislation before this chamber.