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LIVE-STOCK SLAUGHTER (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1983 GRAIN (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1983EGGS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1983EDIBLE OILS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes)-That these Bills be now read a first time.

Question-put and passed.

Bills read a first time.

The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Walsh) moved-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Debate ensued.

The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator Scott) moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that: (a) rural industries, which are struggling to emerge from the worst drought in history, are not at this time able to bear the burden of such massive increases in charges;

(b) industries should not be expected to contribute 50 per cent of the costs of Commonwealth inspection until the Export Inspection Service restructuring is completed and the Service is as efficient and cost-effective as possible;

(c) there is inadequate industry participation in inspection procedures; and

(d) there has regrettably not been full consultation with industry on all aspects of development of the Export Inspection Service and inspection charges''.

Senator Scott addressing the Chair

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Business was interrupted.