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Monday, 22 March 1999
Page: 2979

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 2 March 1999:

(1) Has the department, its predecessor, or any of its agencies, undertaken an economic assessment of the Australian horse racing industry; if so: (a) when was that research undertaken; and (b) who undertook the work.

(2) What is the value of the contribution the horse racing industry makes to the Australian economy.

(3) How many people are employed directly and indirectly by the horse racing industry.

Senator Alston (Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Australian Bureau of Agriculture & Resource Economics (ABARE), the economic research section of the department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has done no research on this issue.

(2) ABARE does not collect data on the horse racing industry.

(3) See answer to question 2.