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Notice given 25 July 2002

483  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the economic value to Australia of the live animal export trade:

(1) From the latest statistics available to the Minister for the past 3 financial years: (a) how many: (i) sheep, and (ii) cattle, died in transit by ship to foreign destinations; and (b) what was the total dollar value of these losses, given that the price of beef and mutton to Australian purchasers has risen significantly.

(2) Given the flow-on effect of employment in country towns, how many Australian abattoirs: (a) have been constructed in the past decade or are being constructed; and (b) have closed.

(3) When will the Australian Government undertake an investigation into the long-term economic and social consequences of the live export trade.