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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 1998


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether a number of contracts entered into by Australian exporters for the supply of processed fish products to Asian markets nave not been fully honoured.

(2)   If so, why have these exporters failed to honour their respective contracts.

(3)   Is it a fact that similar contracts have been entered into by other exporters before existing contracts have been fulfilled.

(4)   If so, has this been a major factor in the failure of exporters to fulfil contracts.

(5)   Is this failure to honour contracts having an adverse effect on Australian trade relations in Asia.


Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) To my knowledge there have not been any contracts entered into by Australian exporters for the supply of processed fish to Asian markets which have not been honoured. However, there have, on occasions, been disputes about the non-fulfilment of some of the terms of the contracts concerning shipments of abalone. These have involved specific qualities of abalone and are peculiar to the abalone trade, e.g., size and number of pieces in the cans, and colour of the abalone. Disputes of this nature inevitably arise from time to time because, as yet, there are no internationally accepted standards which apply to trade in this particular commodity.

 

Safety Specifications: Commonwealth Vehicles (Question No. 3513)


Dr Everingham asked the Minister for

Supply, upon notice:

What safety standards, tyre qualities, etc., are specified when calling for tenders for Commonwealth vehicles.

(3)   1 have no knowledge of similar contracts being entered into by other exporters before existing contracts have been fulfilled.

(4)   I have no information on this aspect.

(5)   No, because: (1) the disputes which come to my notice have all been satisfactorily resolved; and (2) in any case, the size of the trade in abalone, although important to certain fisheries cooperatives, is not really very large and therefore would have no appreciable effect on Australia's overall export trade relations with Asia.

Apple Products: Imports (Question No. 3046)


Mr Grassby asked the Minister for

Trade and Industry, upon notice:

What were the (a) quantities, (b) values and (c) countries of origin of apple pulp, cider and juice apples, imported into Australia during each of the last 10 years.


Mr Anthony - As Acting Minister for Immigration I supply the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Imports of apple pulp, cider and juice apples are not recorded separately in official statistics. It is not possible therefore to provide the detailed information required by the honourable member. However, fresh apples have been classified separately in import statistics since 1965-66 and over the period 1965-66 to end of June 1971, no imports were recorded. Although imports of cider are not recorded separately the attached table shows statistics of import clearances for the past 6 years of cider and perry containing more then 2 per cent of proof spirit.


Mr Garland - The answer to the honourable member's question, so far as my Department's purchasing is concerned, is as follows:

Defence specifications against which tenders are invited for the DefenceGroup of Departments require that vehicles conform with the Australian Design Rules for Motor Vehicle Safety. These

Design Rules are prepared by the Advisory Committee on Safety in Vehicle Design and endorsed by its parent body the Australian Transport Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of my colleagues the Minister for Shipping and Transport, as Chairman, and the Minister for the Interior, and each State Minister for Transport.

Besides specifying that vehicles meet Australian Design Rules, tender schedules also include detailed requirements for safety features' appropriate to the particular type of vehicle. Defence tyre specifications have until recently called for normal commercial standards. The latest specification defines 'normal commercial standards' more precisely and calls for more than the minimal standards.

My Department also procures limited numbers of vehicles for other Departments from time to time. Tenders for such vehicles specify normal commercial standards or other standards, as requested by the Purchasing Authority.

Naturalisation (Question No. 3732)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Immigration, upon notice:

How many certificates of naturalisation were conferred in 1970-71 in each local government area in which more than100 certificates were conferred.


Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following table shows the Local Government areas in each State in which 100. or more certificates of Australian citizenship were conferred during the twelve months ended 30th June 1971.

 

 

Trade: Promotional Advertising (Question No. 3795)


Mr Grassby asked the Minister for

Trade and Industry, upon notice:

What action has his Department taken on the finding of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts of 17th September 1969 concerning the irregular appointment of 2 agencies for its promotional advertising activities overseas.


Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There has been no irregularity in the appointment of the Department's advertising agencies.

The recommendation of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts was that the basis of engagement of 2 of the Department's advertising agencies in Australia should be reviewed. The review has confirmed that the appointment procedures followed by the Department' comply with Treasury Regulation 52.

It is understood that the Treasury is considering a possible amendment to Treasury Regulation 52. My Department will ensure that its practices conform to the requirements of any amendment of the Regulation and that the Department continues to obtain the best available advertising services for the. expenditure incurred.

Industrial Research and Development Grants Act (Question No. 4028)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Trade and Industry,' upon notice:

(1)   Which Departments are represented on the interdepartmental committee established to review the operation of the Industrial Research and Development Grants Act and to report on the question of future incentives for. Australian research and development (Hansard,25th August 1971, page 741).

(2)   Whatwas the date of establishment of the committee.


Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   and (2) The Department of Trade and Industry chairs an -interdepartmental committee set up to review the operation of the Industrial Research and Development Grants Act. Regarding the other matters for which information is sought, it is not the policy of this Government to provide details about those matters which concern advice to Ministers and arrangements between Ministers and their advisers.







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