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Thursday, 9 December 1976

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

(1)   Which pastoral companies in Northern Australia, including the Northern Territory, have negotiated or maintained previously existing contracts to supply meat to (a) Japan, (b) the United Kingdom, (c) the United States of America and (d) the European Economic Community in the last 12 months.

(2   ) What was the quantity of meat to be supplied by these companies, and what was the country of destination.

(3)   Is he able to say which of the companies referred to in Part (1) have either (a) a majority foreign shareholding or (b) a minority foreign shareholding, and what are the details of the foreign shareholding in each case.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) To my knowledge there are no pastoral companies which themselves contract to supply meat Some pastoral companies, however, do have commercial affiliations with meat slaughtering and exporting companies which in turn contract to supply meat to some or all of the companies mentioned. These latter companies usually slaughter considerable numbers of stock derived from other sources in addition to those turned off by their affiliated pastoral companies. Some of these meat exporting companies provide information on production and sales in their published accounts. Other than for this, such information is only made available to the Department of Primary Industry and/or the Australian Meat Board on a confidential basis.

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