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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3101

Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) Was the Mackey Marketing Scheme adopted by the Australian Meat Board at the meeting on 23 September 1976.

(2   ) What was the share of the United States market served by Australian exports which was gained by exports from (a) New South Wales, (b) Victoria, (c) Queensland, (d) Tasmania, and (e) Northern Territory in 1 975-76.

(3)   Having regard to the proposed allocations of quotas by the Australian Meat Board according to the Mackey Scheme, the seasonality of exports from certain parts of Australia, and the Mackey proposals to allocate quotas on selected market destinations on the 1975-76 performance, what would be the quotas awarded to (a) Tasmania and (b) Queensland for 1976-77.

(4)   If inequities occur in the award of quotas for 1976-77 compared with 1975-76, has the Board the power to recommend alterations.

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

(   1 ) The scheme referred to was considered by the Australian Meat Board at its meeting on 23 September 1976 and was subsequently approved by me on the recommendation of the Board.

(2)   Australian Meat Board figures show that Australia's exports to the United States in 1975-76 were shared among the States as follows:

(a)   New South Wales 26.9 per cent.

(b)   Victoria 22.4 percent.

(c)   Queensland 35.3 percent.

(d)   Tasmania 3.5 percent.

(e)   South Australia and Northern Territory 4.5 per cent. (Separate details for the Northern Territory are not available for publication. )

(3)   Entitlements to ship meat to the United States are not distributed on a State basis. Entitlements are earned by licensed exporters based on their past export performance. It is a matter for individual exporters to decide from which of their works they will ship if they have works in more than one State.

(4)   Yes.

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