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Tuesday, 16 November 1976

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Are many agricultural and horticultural industries threatened by dumped or low cost imports at the present time.

(2)   Is the confusion of departmental responsibility, type of protection required, questionnaires and responsible officer, etc., preventing many of these industries from making use of available protection measures.

(   3 ) Will he, either from within his own Department, or in conjunction with the Departments of Industry and Commerce, Overseas Trade, and Business and Consumer Affairs, prepare a simple document on the procedures, criteria and contact telephone numbers in those Departments on the various import protection measures available to the various agricultural and horticultural industries.

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

(   1 ) I am advised that action is being taken in connection with requests for anti-dumping against imports of processed cheese and pie apple. More recently, an industry complaint has been received in respect of several varieties of cheese from nominated countries. I am advised that there are no other requests from the agricultural or horticultural industries for such protection.

(2)   Any response to this question must necessarily be speculative. However, I know of no evidence pointing to an affirmative answer.

(3)   I am happy to have my Department co-operate in an examination of this matter which is principally the responsibility of the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs.

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