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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Primary Industry, is supplementary to a question asked yesterday by the honorable member for Maranoa on the fifteen-year meat agreement. Is it a fact that recently a Japanese trade delegation visited this country to try to negotiate beef purchases, but were unable to do so, as we have no free quota of beef left until about September? Is it also a fact that a valuable market for beef exists in the Philippines, but we are allowed to ship nothing but second-quality beef to that country under the meat agreement? Has the Minister tried to increase Australia's free meat quota so that we may send small shipments to the Far East and thus gain a foothold in this important market, which would be useful when the meat agreement expires?

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